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I Didn't Want a Divorce, But Could We Last?

I did not want to be another divorce statistic, but the numbers were not in our favor. My husband Rudy is a bus driver and I work in dentistry - both careers that rank high in divorce statistics. We have a severely handicapped son. We struggled financially. My husband has been fighting depression for most of his life. My life and my marriage were...

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When Your Spouse Hurts You: How to Forgive and Forget
When Your Spouse Hurts You: How to Forgive and Forget

Forgive and forget. It’s a well-worn cliché - one that is easier to say than to practice. If you’re married, you’ve been there. Your spouse has said or done something that has wounded you. It may be something small, or it may be a major betrayal. Either way, your pride screams at you to take revenge. If you don’t strike back immediately,...

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Strength to Forgive
Strength to Forgive

I am a New York City Police Officer. On July 12, 1986, I was on patrol in Central Park and stopped to question three teenagers. While I was questioning them, the oldest, a fifteen-year-old, took out a gun and shot me in the head and neck. Thanks to the quick action of my fellow police officers, I was rushed to a hospital. A few days later, once...

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness
The Healing Power of Forgiveness

How could she forgive the woman who had gone after her husband and ultimately married him? I thought about her. I dreamed about her. I saw her in every woman I met. Some had her name, Cathy. Others her deep-set blue eyes or her curly dark hair. Even the slightest resemblance turned my stomach into a knot. I felt trapped with my thoughts Weeks,...

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The Power of Forgiveness
The Power of Forgiveness

On life’s journey we all face crossroads. One of my major crossroads came at age 15. Sometime during the wintry night of January 25, 1987, I woke, vaguely aware of a flicker of light smoke and an unusual sensation heat in my room. Completely dazed, with warm blood dripping from my face, I staggered and crawled towards my bedroom door, down...

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