This project saved lives in South Africa when Nelson Mandela came to power. There could be justice in forgiveness.
There’s nowhere in the world where this could best be applied than Northern Ireland at the moment. Unfortunately many do not think so. With the arrest for up to 96 hours by the Police of the former Sinn Fein (Political wing of the IRA) leader, Mr Gerry Adamd, over the death of a mother of ten, by name Jean McConville in 1972.
Ruth Duddley Edwards writing in The Telegraph this morning stated Gerry Adams should not be immune from Justice. Sinn Fein insist the arrest is “politically contrived” and is “malicious”. But as she rightly argued, “is it worth bringing the past to light if it means chaos in the present? Should the need for justice for Jean McConville outweigh the need for all sides to put the troubles behind them?” She went on to argue “If you can not have justice then you cannot have peace Worthing of the name”. I disagree. Forgiveness as demonstrated by the Tutu project in South Africa, brought peace and aborted carnage. Same can be achieved in Norther Ireland through the process of forgiveness, in my opinion. There could be justice in learning to say sorry for our crimes and being forgiven by those we wronged.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu are trying to change the world with the Forgiveness Challenge. Get involved!
What is the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge?
The Forgiveness Challenge is a free 30-day online program developed to help people learn the practical steps to forgiveness so they can live with greater love and joy in their life.
How does the Forgiveness Challenge work?
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