On Forgiveness

The following words are from Jodi Picoult’s book The Storyteller

One day I went to see our priest and I asked him what I could do to feel less angry {toward my father for leaving me}.  I was expecting him to say something like, Get a job, or Write your feelings down on paper. Instead, he told me to forgive my dad. I stared at the priest, convinced he was nuts. “I can’t do that,” I told him. “It would make what he did seem less awful.”

The priest said, “What he did was wrong. He doesn’t deserve your love. But he does deserve your forgiveness, because otherwise he will grow like a weed in your heart until it’s choked and overrun. The only person who suffers, when you squirrel away all that hate, is you.       

…. forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else.  It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me. It’s saying, You don’t get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.”
[page 451]

Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller

Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller

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