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Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

forgiveness on Books - On Monday morning, October 2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. In front of twenty-five horrified pupils, thirty-two-year-old Charles Roberts ordered the boys and the teacher to leave. After tying the legs of the ten remaining girls, Roberts prepared to shoot them execution style with an automatic rifle and four hundred rounds of ammunition that he brought for the task. The oldest hostage, a thirteen-year-old, begged Roberts to "shoot me first and let

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The complexities of forgiveness are difficult to unwrap

forgiveness on Resources - Just before the 9/11 terrorists murdered my nephew (a passenger on the first plane to strike the World Trade Center) and almost 3,000 other people, I read Catholic writer Antoinette Bosco's book, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty.

The title tells you enough to know that Toni Bosco had a difficult journey toward forgiveness and, finally, reconciliation, a condition that does not always accompany forgiveness.

In the ensuing dozen years, I've found th

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Pagosa Springs Daily News: We Live, Love, and Forgive

forgiveness on Resources - We’ve all seen the roadside crosses designating a life lost. Each has a story behind it; a mother who lost that son, a husband losing a wife, children who lost their parents. How could they know that day was the last time they’d see them? Those left behind would love to have the day to “do-over” and say “I love you” just one more time.

So what do we do when tragedy appears?

A woman receives the report that the cancer has spread. There is short amount of time left to live. She asks herself

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