Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

4/21/2009

They didn't know what they were doing

I ran across an ABS News article, Surviving Columbine: What We Got Wrong. The article begins telling of Patrick Ireland known as "The Boy in the Window" as the 17-year old who had been shot in the brain and foot was filmed hanging out of a library window. The brain injury initially paralyzed his right side and wiped out the language center in his brain. Ten years later, the 27 year old has rebuilt that part of his neural pathways and is married and works for Northwestern Mutual. The article ended telling of Ireland's forgiveness for the shooters.
At one point, when he was hospitalized, his mother asked, "Do you have any anger toward them?"

Patrick Ireland today"She was harboring a lot of anger," Ireland told ABCNews.com. "To sum it up, I basically said, 'Please forgive them.' She looked and asked, 'Why?' Because they were confused and didn't know what they were doing.

"We have a choice in how we live our lives," he said. "You wake up every single day and have a choice as living as a victim or a victor. When you choose to be a victor, you have so much more positive impact on how people view you and the way you want to live your life."
It is a Christ-like act of forgiveness for those who did their best to kill him.

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1 Comments:

  • At 4/21/2009 12:44 PM, Blogger November In My Soul said…

    Absolutely. It is so much easier initially to hold on to the anger and the pain but eventually it eats us alive. To forgive, to relieve ourselves of the burden of hatred is our highest calling and the best thing for us.

    Did Christ hate those who crucified him?

     

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