Forgiveness ends the cycle of revenge – 29 April 2014

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Reverend Mpho Tutu, launched their latest book at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town this week. The Book of Forgiving, published by Harper Collins, provides a four-step roadmap on the process of forgiveness.

“The most difficult words are the words ‘I’m sorry’. ‘I was wrong’. Those are the most difficult words in any language. When we forgive, it is not something we do for the other person. It is a gift you give yourself,” Archbishop Tutu told the audience.

Reverend Tutu said revenge was a never-ending cycle. “I hurt you, you hurt me. I hurt you. You hurt me. Ad infinitum. The other cycle is forgiveness. It has an ending,” she said.

Reverend Tutu said while Archbishop Tutu’s earlier book on the subject, No Future Without Forgiveness, was the ‘why’ of forgiveness, The Book of Forgiving was the ‘how’ of the journey of forgiveness.