Sr. Muriel speaks about
her experience to a Religion class of Sophomores who were studying the
Gospel Value of Forgiveness.
May 1, 2008
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following are student responses to the question:
were the defendant, how do you
think Sr. Muriel's actions would have affected you?'
" I would have been
so thankful that she was forgiving. It is very rare in assault
cases that the victim comes up to their attacker and says 'I forgive
Sr. Muriel could have
easily held a grudge against Dodson and no one would criticize her for
it. Instead, she took the hard path of forgoveness,
which is exactly what Jesus
would have done. I would cherish that moment forever."
"Sr. Muriel's actions
would have had a profound effect on my life. The defendant did
something cruel and wrong and yet was forgiven. He hurt
Sr. Muriel physically and
stole from her. The fact that she could be so kind and openhearted
after this is tryly amazing and awe-inspiring and
would have changed my
"If I were the
defendant, I think that Sr. Muriel's actions would have had a huge
effect on me. Even just reading and hearing the story,
Sr. Muriel's actions gave
me hope. The fact that she could not be mad and could want the
best for Mr. Dodson gave me hope that
people can change if they
are given the chance. Also, when Sr. Muriel gave the card with the
quote from the Bible to Mr. Dodson
I was amazed and grateful
that Sr. Muriel could have so much faith in another person when that
person has permanently hurt her.
Finally, Sr. Muriel's
actions made me want to be more forgiving of those who have hurt me and
forgive those who I have hurt."