Forgiveness is an enormously complex moral transaction. It defies understanding, yet it shapes our personal lives and defines world affairs.

Three months after Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990, Father Michael Lapsley, a chaplain exiled by the apartheid government because of his ANC membership, lost an eye and both hands to a letter bomb. His journey, from a victim “as helpless as a baby, to survivor, to victor” has led him to believe that he is able to be a better priest with no hands than with two hands...

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