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About Forgiveness

What is an apology?
How is forgiveness substantially different to an apology?
How is “sorry” a middle ground, but not quite as disarming as forgiveness?
What is forgiveness?
How is a healthy understanding of these methods of reconciliation life altering and deeply spiritual?
Any offense is an act of abused power.In some cases, the offense comes from an individual whose life, thoughts or actions, do not hold any influence over me.In other situations, it isn’t the individual whose actions have offended me as much as how a system has allowed the individual to offend.Therefore, the power of the institution was somehow ineffective in controlling what I would see as an otherwise insignificant action as offensive.We see it as a breach of power allowed by some other body entrusted to keep these types of individuals under control.An example would be a protest.We’re not necessarily offended by the individuals involved in the action, we’re offended by the notion that the ideas presented are allowed o…
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Advent is hard.   For me, Advent serves as a humbling reminder that no matter what I anticipate or hope for this season,  God is always going to stretch my imagination and debunk any comfortable fantasy about what I want this Christmas to be like.  I am not in control of Advent anymore than I am in control of another's understanding or interpretation of what Christmas is and should be.  In this sense,  Advent sobers me from the inebriated delusions I entertain about perfect family reunions and extraordinary Church events or ministries during this time of the rolling year.  Nevermind my sense of failure when I realize days have passed by and so has the daily office.   Advent is a time of beauty if we see the grace of God's forgiveness and reconfiguration of our lives into the pattern of sainthood.  It is a remarkable time if we seek nature all the while dispelling our human nature who frets during this season. 
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