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Behind the Wall of Anger

Updated: Sep 19, 2019



Calvary, the sequel to Advent, offers a glimpse into the degree of presence that’s called for in forgiveness. In the struggle to come to grips with the disturbing backlash of their upbringing, often sidestepped by one of them, two sisters are being pressed to discern what they will make of the ashes.

Piera runs on her emotions and is resistant to forgive. Even as she sits at the death beds of her parents, she is torn by thoughts that to free them of the suffering they caused, she stands to lose an identity built on it.

“This is who I am!” The strength of the assertion raised in defense against her younger sister's protests has worked for Piera. It's kept her distanced from the hurt she lives with. In a belief that to absolve her parents of their abuse is tantamount to giving up a part if not all of herself, she retreats for safety to the flames of anger.

In the journey of a lifetime, Piera rejects the possibility that her parents lacked the where-with-all to examine their behaviour and that they did what they knew how. Piera's day of retribution came on the wings of the recent power to hold her parents captive in the guilt they ultimately came to feel. Recaptured here is a glimpse into the exchange between Piera and the hospital chaplain at her mother’s bedside.

“I want to forgive her, but I can’t. It wouldn’t be honest, and I can’t pretend. … Even if I wanted to, I know I can’t do this alone.”

“Only you can. No one else can free you from the way you see. But I can be here to help you through the pain and doubt. We have time. There is no date stamp on forgiveness. Nor is there any on a soul that truly wants it.’ Read novel caption for The Road from Calvary

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