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Au-delà du pardon (Beyond forgiveness)

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Lytta Basset, a professor of Protestant theology at the University of Geneva, has always had a practical approach to complex theological and spiritual questions.  Guilt, compassion and love are some of the subjects in her numerous writings.  In Au-delà du pardon. Le desir de tourner la page (Presses de la Renaissance, 2006)  she tells us about her difficult ten year journey of research on forgiveness.  She explains that forgiveness isn’t simply an end, but a decision one makes to move forward in order to find liberation and peace.  It’s learning how to accept and love yourself so that you can find interior unity.  Jesus didn’t ask the Father to give us the strength to forgive because he doubted our ability, rather Lytta suggests that forgiveness is a part of the human condition.  In fact in the prayer Jesus taught us, The Our Father , we say, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”.  She says that we must begin by seeking it out with determination and the conviction that we are not alone, “The Other, both human and divine, is a rock that I can hold onto”.

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