|anselmusjmj commented on AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, BELZEC, CHELMO, JANOWSKA, JASENOVAC, MAJADANEK, MALY TROSTENETS, RAVENSBRUCK, SACHSENHAUSEN, WARSAW; IS IT POSSIBLE TO FORGIVE AND YET NOT FORGET?
Curt, I understand your points and agree with everything you say about forgiveness. My purpose of sharing my encounter with the Rabbi was along the same lines as your purpose for writing multiple posts about the lamentable state of our secular and ecclesiastical affairs. Saint Thomas’ Summa Contra Gentiles was for the sake of using natural law to win over those with false beliefs, it was not for the sake of venting about hurt feelings and offenses received.
I believe in everything you wrote about the important reality and exhortation to forgive, but with all due respect, your long reflection on forgiveness vis a vis what I wrote about my interaction with the Rabbi was a non sequitur which went down a bunny trail. If I encouraged you to forgive and gave you reflections on forgiveness on one or more of your posts which express lament and disgust about scandalous events which are taking place in our world today, I am sure that you would agree with my reflections on forgiveness, but you would agree that those reflections miss the point entirely, like using gold instead of lead for a fishing weight. Gold is precious and always appreciated, but there are times and places for the use of gold instead of lead, and vice versa. I do not wish to offend or disrespect you in any way, but if I did, I ask that you forgive me.