Forgiveness is one of the most difficult and yet most central aspects of the Christian faith. There are many stages of forgiveness: forbearance, truth-telling, empathy and justice. Like stages of grief these are not chapters that one simply passes through but instead is more often messy and difficult. Perhaps the most difficult is empathy – to be able to see the situation from the other’s perspective. Jesus is constantly calling us to see beyond ourselves: to see the wholeness in the broken, the faith in the radical, the power in the powerless.