Source: (2008) In Katherine Van Wormer, Restorative Justice Across the East and the West. Manchester, UK: Casa Verde Publishing. Pp. 229-252.

"When writing about restorative justice, the epistemic location of both writer and reader are important to consider in order preserve the transformational potential of restorative justice in its thickest description. In Spanish we say there are two ways to know: saber, to know intellectually and conocer, to know in your heart. As a person of the North, a lawyer and Roman Catholic ethicist living in the United States of America, and as a person of the South, a Nahuatl danzante equally rooted in Cuscatlan - the country known as El Salvador after European contact - formed by stories of ancestors who migrated there from Europe and Palestine, I know that the threads of authentic spiritual sustenance and empowerment for a person can weave a complicated tapestry. This modest essay is my granito de arena (grain of sand) added to the conversation about restorative justice, empowerment, and spirituality." (Abstract)