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Forgive Seventy Times Seven Times
By Myles V Saulibio
Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007
Last edited: Thursday, August 16, 2007
This short story is rated "G" by the Author.

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"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity." - George Bernard Shaw

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value." - Thomas Paine

This piece is another one of a series of writings depicting the authorís recent visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp, 10 miles north of Munich, in the southern part of Germany.

As I joined my family and walked the expanse grounds of this camp and paused at the crematorium, the mass graves where ashes were poured...
I thought of what St. Matthew wrote: ď...If my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him...Ē as the innocents were led to the slaughter.

I donít think the tormentors were fooling around here,
but how many times should the punished forgive their perpetrators?
or about how many times one of the priests extended kindness and forgiveness before dying?
The answer I believe was absolutely clear:
Totally, completely, no limits---the way God only forgives us...
Were anyone of the 25,000 shown mercy? Perhaps a small token measure...
As my shoes struggle over the rocks, my thoughts too struggle.
But this event is too terrible to forgive,
what about the abuse, murder, and indifference?
The hope for generations now and to come is that God will equip us to forgive bigger offenses, to mold us in His image.
I want to forgive, but there are too many wounded hearts and souls,
only a memory holds.

Copyright © 2007 by Myles Saulibio. All Rights Reserved


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Reviewed by F William Broome 8/17/2007
Thank you, Myles, for writing and posting this heartbreaker of the years. I have not visited there, but hope to in a second trip to Germany. Meanwhile, I read extensiively about the massive Nazi killings and tormentors of Jewish human beings. After each experience, I have nothing to offer except the heartache of another person. What a waste of kindness, brain power, and human resources for an unappreciative country ! ! ! In kindness and caution to you, my friend. - Bill

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/17/2007
Such a sad place to visit. When I visited such a place, many thoughts raced through my mind, and the inhumanity man has displayed towards his fellow earth dwellers through the ages is truly a horrendous thing to even contemplate.

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