catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Getting Even

vol. 6, num. 15 :: 2007.07.27 — 2007.09.07

From the relative who holds grudges for decades to the saintly mentor who lets offenses roll off as easily as water, we all collect first and second hand experiences related to vengeance and forgiveness.  What stories can we tell that show the ability or inability to process injustice in healthy ways?  How do we negotiate offenses as individuals and communities?



Forgiveness and responsibility

Experiences with family and community reveal lessons about forgiveness and the ways in which we fight those lessons.


Quiet revenge

As a response to injury, could vengeance and forgiveness be two sides of an attempt to solve the same problem?


Small town grudge

Citizens of Farmland, Indiana, past and present: get ready to get over it.

Forgiving at church

A story that demonstrates the need for forgiveness even within faith communities.


On the human tendency toward preemptive repentance.


In case you missed it the first time

Repentance and peace in Ireland

An exploration of repentance in the context of Northern Ireland offers insight into a complex healing process.

Giving grace

Forgiveness has healing power, with or without apologies.

Remembering how

A recounting of lately stumbled-upon wisdom regarding grace, redemption and forgiveness.

Weaving the web

Anger and Forgiveness

An early episode of Ira Glass’ National Public Radio show, broadcast originally as Your Radio Playhouse.


Readers write: Apologies [PDF]

Short stories from magazine readers about saying and hearing the words, “I’m sorry.”


Martin Luther King, Jr. and the War on Terror

Hak Joon Lee explores the U.S. response to the September 11 attacks through MLK’s theology.


Civilian and Soldier

A poem by Wole Soyinka takes a snapshot of a civilian facing death by a soldier's fire.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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