“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the flower leaves on the heel of the one that crushed it” – unknown
“We achieve inner health only through forgiveness – the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves” – Joshua Loth Liebman
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese
“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” ~Louis B. Smedes
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realize that prisoner was you.” ~Lewis B. Smedes
“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner!” ~ Max Lucado
“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” – Malachy McCourt
Forgiveness liberates us from the pain of the hardened heart, allows love to circulate and increases our capacity to heal. Can we afford not to forgive when the price of the “hardened heart” is death to the capacity to love and be loved unconditionally?
9/11 healing: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship
Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez’ son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi’s son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.