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Is there are Place for Forgiveness in Restorative Justice?

Consedine, Jim
June 4, 2015

Source: (-0001) Article posted on website. Downloaded 2 November 2005.

In many respects forgiveness is probably the most difficult of all human virtues to
practise. Yet it remains central to any lasting restorative process, personal or
collective, though it’s importance is often underrated and unspoken. On the surface it
sometimes seems an unfair thing to attempt given the pain caused by an injustice. But
practising forgiveness is a foundation stone for healthy living. It is the step we need to
take to be free of the ongoing negative effects of past injustice. It has transformative
qualities not found elsewhere. To decide to forgive is to create a different future from
one controlled by events from the past. It doesn’t mean forgetting the past. It means
remembering the past in a different way, leaving one free to develop the future. One
becomes re-empowered to choose a future not controlled by events from the past. (excerpt)


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