There’s a song released by Elton John called ‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word’. It’s a reminder that most of us struggle to admit we were wrong, to apologise, to say Sorry.
This week the Pope travelled to Canada with the purpose of apologizing to the indigenous people there for the actions of the Catholic Church toward them as people. While it will never put right what happened to hundreds of children in the church’s care at schools, it does show a willingness to own the mistakes of the past.
It’s very easy to point the finger at institutions which make mistakes, much harder to admit that we too have made them as individuals. I wonder what mistakes I, you, we have made in our dealings towards others over the years? Maybe it is the attitude we have held towards those who are different in terms of race, sexuality, gender or whatever it is, that caused us to look down on them and maybe even to disparage them as people.
It’s easy for us to justify our behaviour, to say our intentions were good, but that never undoes the harm that was caused. Maybe like the Pope has done in Canada, we all need to be willing to apologise when we have hurt others. Maybe we can learn to say the hardest word, ‘Sorry’.
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