"forgiveness does not mean that we do not realize the heinousness of the crime. but, in our hearts, when we are unable to forgive, we make ourselves a victim of our own hatred' - cardinal sean o'malley
those were the words from cardinal sean o'malley's mass today in boston; a city still mourning the loss of four of our own, celebrating the heroics of 'boston's finest', and waiting for answers of why?
as someone who has struggled finding forgiveness within myself, i can't imagine how the families of those who lost loved ones, or those who were seriously injured, even begin on the journey towards forgiveness. but i will tell you this, without forgiveness you are only harming yourself further. the hatred that remains inside of you will pain you and eat away at you for much longer and greater than anyone who inflicted the wrong doing onto you.