Sycamore Tree Project® and ForgivenessRecently, John White, from PF Australia (Western Australia), explained what he has learned about “forgiveness” through facilitating the Sycamore Tree Project® in Acacia prison. Among his comments, John said: “I now believe that the victim's decision to forgive has nothing whatever to do with an offender's remorse. Of course, a genuinely remorseful and repentant offender may be easier to forgive. But there is a danger in this. The repentance may cause the victim to feel obliged to forgive before they are truly able to do so. But forgiveness is really for the one forgiving; to set them free from the power and control of their offender, and to release them from bitterness, anger, fear and the entire constellation of emotion and reaction that was begun at the time of victimisation.”
Read more of John’s comments online at http://www.pfi.org/cjr/sycamore-tree-projectae/where2/australia/forgiveness
The comments were apart of a larger discussion about Justice, Forgiveness, and Victims of Crime available on the Restorative Justice Online Blog at http://www.restorativejustice.org/RJOB/lisa-rea-justice-forgiveness-and-victims-of-crime.
Pray for our brothers and sisters working with the Sycamore Tree Project® in Scotland and Australia.
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