Then-Hieromonk Jonah speaks to the centrality of forgiveness and reconciliation in Orthodox spirituality and healing. “God’s forgiveness of us and our sins against Him is unconditional and absolute. God does not reject us, objectify us, or bear anger or resentment against us. These are, I think, our projections onto God of our own issues and judgments against ourselves when we sin. God does not punish us. Rather, by alienating ourselves from God, we punish ourselves and ascribe this punishment to Him. We turn in on ourselves in anger and self-hatred, and thus shatter our personhood, cutting ourselves off from His love.”
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Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America and Archbishop of Washington