April 15, 2022

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Column reminds us true humility forgives, forgets and moves on, reader says

I just wanted to give a shout out and “thank you” to Natalie Hoefer for her recent Love’s Litmus column on humility in the March 25 issue of The Criterion.

As I read it, I couldn’t help but think of how, as injured parties, we all stand ready to both hang on to that status, and to have it ready to play as a card against someone else who hurt us, in order to get even or “one up” them.

What’s really interesting is when, if I play my injury card on someone, they play the same card, their card, back on me, claiming that the hurt they did to me was not as bad as the hurt I had previously done to them.

All of this is of course, as Hoefer pointed out in the column, driven by ego. True humility forgives, forgets and moves on.

The Gospel of Matthew (Mt 6:14-15) teaches that God will forgive us exactly the way we forgive others. May we all be full of forgiveness and humility toward each other—and may we all start with that now!

- Sonny Shanks | Corydon

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