Pierce O'Farrill, a 28-year-old who was shot three times, said he forgives James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora massacre.
"I forgive him with all my heart," O'Farrill told reporters. "When I saw him in his hearing, I felt nothing but sorrow for him-he's just a lost soul right now."
As someone who comes from a family of resentful people the concept of forgiveness was not in our vocabulary. If someone did us wrong we stayed pissed off at them forever. Not only was it something to talk about – it was something to drink and do drugs over.I don't know how many times family conversation started out with "Do you know what that #&!% did?" And then we would commence to rehash our resentment.
When I got into recovery I began to deal with resentments. Once I forgave, a burden was lifted. No longer did I nurture the real or imaginary wrongs that grew in my brain like mushrooms in a dark warehouse. I was free at last.To pray for a homicidal maniac is the purest form of forgiveness. We may never get there - but it's a good goal.