Clean and Whole

“Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.”  –E.H. Chapin

In God, there is no trace of vengeance, not even for a split second. Wrath and vengeance are human traits. God knows nothing of wrath because wrath is a turning away from peace and love. Wrath is born from a failure of wisdom and goodness on our part. God is the goodness that cannot be wrathful. Julian of Norwich said, “If God were vengeful for even a moment we would never have life, place or being. In God is endless friendship, space, life and being.” The Church was wrong to say that sinners are sometimes worthy of blame and wrath. God neither shames nor blames us; God only loves us and always sees us as clean and whole. And, no matter how hard we resist it, God constantly showers us with the grace to see ourselves as God sees us.

“The capacity to forgive is one of the infallible signs of Christian maturity, or holiness, the proof that we are growing in virtue and wisdom. What is wisdom but perspective, and what is virtue but a life conformed to wisdom or perspective, a person given over to grace…. When we forgive others, we step out of this time-bound condition, with all its imperfection, selfishness, pettiness, and ignorance, becoming more deeply established in God’s love.”
-Wayne Teasdale
“The Mystery of Forgiveness”
Published in Living Prayer – Contemplative Review, Inc.
November-December, 1991

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1 Response to “Clean and Whole”


  1. 1 aliceny July 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Your words and those of Wayne Teasdale have struck my heart like a thunderbolt. I have been profoundly affected by both. I know that may seem a bit dramatic but I could not find the right words to describe my reaction. In deep prayer, I have just now forgiven someone who has hurt me deeply.

    Thank you, Mr. Straub.


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