For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6, NIV
All week I have been thinking about my last post, Problems with being Christian which was about loving the enemies of my country. Loving my enemies is not the only Christian ethic I have problems with following. For me the idea of loving my enemies is closely bound to that of having compassion - mercy. Matthew has Jesus quote Hosea 6.6 twice in addition to stating that the merciful will receive mercy. And then there is the parable of the debtor that does not show mercy – and is rebuked for it.
I will pray for her soul when she draws her last breath.
Debra Tate, the sister of Sharon Tate, as reported in Manson follower Susan Atkins denied parole for 13th-and perhaps last time in the LA Times
I cannot imagine that Susan is the same person that she was as a 21 year old follower of Charles Manson forty years ago. Neither can I imagine how it is to hold all that hate and anger for someone for that length of time. But maybe I would feel the same if it had been a member of my family that had been so brutally killed.