Source: (2001) In Restorative justice: A Christian perspective, ed. Rod Carter. Kingston, Ontario: Restorative Justice Program, Queens Theological College. Pp. 22-25.

The author of this article reflects on his own personal experience in relation to the New Testament story of the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof by his friends to be told by Jesus that his sins were forgiven and his infirmity was healed. According to the author, as a young person he experienced violence and sexual abuse from family and schoolmates. Tension and conflict, external and internal, were many and varied in his life. In the context of his experiences of victimization, he describes his struggle for spiritual and emotional healing within the restorative justice model, and the help he received from friends.