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Forgive our enemies.

After reading James Loney's riveting story of imprisonment in Iraq ("Still prisoners of war," July) as a convert to Catholicism, I wondered--are we called to take seriously Jesus' teaching to forgive our enemies?

Despite Loney's torturous imprisonment, he harkens to the call of Jesus to love our enemies, do good to those who harm us, pray for those who persecute us. Jesus calls us to accept suffering before we inflict injury. He calls us to pick up the cross and lay down the sword.

I, a would-be pacifist who opposes our war with Iraq, feel the deepest gratitude to Loney for sharing his inner struggle.

Ruth Weisman Goldboss

Highland Park, Ill.
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Author:Goldboss, Ruth Weisman
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Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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