252. This does not mean impunity. Justice is properly sought solely out of love of justice itself, out of respect for the victims, as a means of preventing new crimes and protecting the common good, not as an alleged outlet for personal anger. Forgiveness is precisely what enables us to pursue justice without falling into a spiral of revenge or the injustice of forgetting.
It can also help when a person seeks justice for others. It can be a sign of empathy for the trials another person had to endure. It helps maintain that love of justice when it isn’t personal. It aligns with that favorite quote of mine from Thomas Aquinas about bearing wrongs patiently, but turning away from the wrongs done to others may indicate a serious sin.
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