Did I offer peace today?
Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?
Did I say words of healing?
Did I let go of my anger and resentment?
Did I forgive?
Did I love?
These are the real questions.
– Henri Nouwen
What becomes of peace when offered and rage continues? Where is the smile when joy is offered and sadness runs too deep? What becomes of healing when infection is run rampant? Even if my own anger and resentment have been silenced, and forgiveness is right there, why does this not translate into love?