Thursday, May 05, 2005

A story of forgiveness

A man in Texas this week was executed for a murder, but the family of the victim offered him forgiveness. In turn, he expressed his sorrow for the crime and apologized to the family. The article doesn't say this, but from his last words about being saved he must have had a conversion experience in prison.
It reminds me of the story St. Therese told in her autobiography about a condemned criminal she was praying for. Up until the last moment he had shown no remorse, but finally, at the very end, he asked pardon of his sins and was converted. Therese knew it was the answer to her prayers. Only God knows who was praying for the conversion of the man in Texas. But in some way God always answers our prayers.

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