Once again, Canadians are facing the big impenetrable as they come to grips with the face of evil in their midst: an Armenian-Canadian has been charged with ten counts of 1st degree murder and 15 counts of attempted murder this past week on Yonge Street. Apparently, the underlying cause of this horrific crime was one man’s deep-seated resentment at being continually slighted by women. As part of the growing INCEL (incelibate) movement, this man’s misogynistic hatred has become the new expression of the potentially unforgivable acts that the victim’s families have to wrestle with. Remember the power of Christ’s words in the Gospels when He said that if we did not forgive each other in this life, neither would He forgive us before His Father in heaven. It could be argued that a reasonable interpretation here amounts to deciding not to hold someone responsible for severely hurting you as a way of being eligible for a similar forgiveness if the tables are turned. However, this egregious example is hardly compelling when the comparison with our occasional transgressions might be too divergent to reconcile. If that case defies unconditional forgiveness, check out this one: Karl Toth, Canada’s most notorious pedophile for over thirty years, died yesterday in Edmonton. I can hear my inner self saying, “Good riddance, hope you burn in hell for all the damage you’ve done to countless kids”. But I decided to read the CBC story anyway out of a need to see if any real justice was left to be visited on this miserable excuse for humanity. What I discovered was something that blew me away: according to police surveillance, Toth lived the remaining years of his life fully remorseful for what he did and committed to not letting it happen again. During this time people came along side him to assist in that transition that involved him becoming a Christian. For me, I have a choice to make when it comes in deciding whether to forgive the likes of Toth or Duch (notorious architect of the Cambodian genocide). Do I try to be God’s perfect judge here on earth in the hope that I don’t slip up, or do I simply leave it with Him, in His infinite wisdom, to be a fair and merciful dispenser of justice for all, good or bad? I need to be more forgiving, knowing that such an attitude can only help me to keep my anger in check, and where I can’t because the offence is too great, I simply leave it in the hands of those who know how to deal with it more objectively.