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Tag Archive: Forgiveness

Crime and Punishment…

I remember a time, when I was growing up, when the biggest question in the world seemed to be whether OJ Simpson was guilty and what the punishment should be. Twenty years later and the world found itself similarly preoccupied by the Pistorious trial in South Africa. Suddenly everyone becomes a forensics expert, a lawyer, a judge and a jury; we become fascinated with punishment as though it somehow sets things right. There can be something oddly reassuring about the concept of punishment – perhaps it’s a hangover from childhood. You never want discipline but after it’s done there is the feeling that you broke a...
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No Record of Wrongs

Love. It’s probably the most written about topic in history; more than any other it has provoked men and women to write beautifully, chaotically, scarily, emphatically, dejectedly, emotionally, angrily, happily, disdainfully, jubilantly and everything in between. Love captures the human heart like nothing else. It was love, Homer tells us, that drove Menelaus to make war on Troy. It was love that inspired Byron to write so eloquently, Anna Karenina to hurl herself upon train tracks, Debbie Harry her heart of glass, and Eagle Eye Cherry to earnestly wish he could save tonight. Love captures the human heart like nothing else. In...
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The Boxer

I remember when I was in senior school I had a predicament involving someone who had frustrated me. I quickly hit upon the solution; I strolled down the class room, elbow dropped him in the back, and walked off. So what, I thought, he has asthma? Why stop yourself? The struggle will be good for him. As I returned to my desk I felt a surge of adrenaline, I could hear him winded and in pain behind me and I thought I had won. That feeling lasted for only the tiniest amount of time, however, when I remembered a few other...
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Grace

Two of my favourite books are hitting the big screen this year, which is always a nervous thing for a literature fan. Last week I saw the first of the two, Les Miserables, and was reminded of all that I love about the story and it’s powerful way of portraying the themes that run right through what we believe. The over riding theme of grace is so strong, and it’s being communicated so powerfully to so many people, that it can’t pass uncommented on. (J.John, a far more august mind than my own, has written on the topic already and...
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Beauty.

Have you ever seen something so beautiful that it makes you a little short of breath, your heart beat a little faster and your tear glands start to swell in a way that can make it awkward to look at people in case they don’t feel the same way? I have to be honest, and I know this may not be the most masculine thing I’ve ever said; there is one thing so beautiful that you can almost guarantee it will move me to tears. You may think that I’m about to wax lyrical in some horribly clichéd manner about...
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