Squarely Facing the Unforgivable

“It is in the face-to-face with the impossible–the irreparable and the non-negotiable–that the possibility of forgiveness arises, and just when one feels one has reached the end of the road in making the last step, one finds oneself walking on, making the impossible step, turning aside, turning about, turning toward.  One truly forgives only when one squarely faces the unforgivable.  The grand gesture of public reconciliation and redemption has a strategic purpose, but it has little to do with forgiveness.  For the debt of love knows no limit . . .”

–Trinh Minh-ha