The Burden of Unforgivenness

The Mission

Mendoza (Robert De Niro) has committed a brutal murder in a jealous rage. He seeks to do penance, returning with the Jesuits to the tribe who brutally murdered one of the brothers. At the top of the waterfall where the Jesuit was murdered – Mendoza experiences a crisis.

The Interpreter

Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) and Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) are racing to avert a political murder that would have catastrophic results – not just for the victim. In the process Silvia’s own trauma is unearthed. She speaks of a tribal custom that gives a choice to those who grieve a murdered family member.

The Forgiveness Challenge

Forgiven – God’s Image

This blog is about forgiveness, forgiven-ness and God’s image.

Forgiveness is a huge country – sometimes a familiar place and sometimes a strange land – and as we explore together we’ll hopefully be able to better describe the landscape. It is a place that we expect to know yet a place wherein we may find ourselves strangers. This is blog offers those involved in our online study group a way to gather ideas, to chat and to share resources. As we think together about Forgiveness we’ll explore restoration, community, relationships, transformation and transcendence. I am glad that we are journeying together through this land.

A note about the images in the banner: I was profoundly affected by them, deeply moved by the their powerful simplicity and unornamented intensity. These images are for me some of the most resonant depictions of the transcendent nature of return, repentance, forgiveness and restoration. Created by British artist Charlie Mackesy, they are separate works entitled from left to right,

“The Prodigal”, “Home” and “Bloody Redemption”.

Charlie, according to his bio, is a reluctant follower of Jesus. He writes:

 “If you look at the paintings on this site, a fair proportion seem to have some kind of angel or spiritual thing going on. I’m aware that this may seem a little odd . . . I’m not sure how that all happened really. It has not come from a love of religion. In many ways I find religion a little toxic and disturbing, a moral high ground, a tribal gathering against the world.  I guess for me it came from a quiet feeling when I was in a London park, that there must be more to this than meets the eye. It …was a sense that I was missing something, somehow. Or as Eugene Ionesco put it, ‘the human comedy does not attract me enough. I am not entirely of this world. I am from elsewhere; and it is worth finding this elsewhere beyond the walls . . . but where is it?’“… I think the process of making art can be a journey of discovery and self-discovery – a spiritual journey I suppose.I guess for me its all about wonder, and everyone has their own way of feeling it or expressing it. G. K. Chesterton said ‘At the back of our brains there was a forgotten blaze or burst of astonishment at our own existence. The object of the artistic and spiritual life was to dig for this submerged sunrise of wonder.’  “I guess when you dig eventually you find something,and however awkward it may sound (with all the sub-cultural religious stuff that comes with it) I discovered that for me the doorway to this sunrise of wonder was Christ.”