2: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
3 (a): a release from the legal penalties of an offense; (b): an official warrant of remission of penalty
Pardon (v.): mid-15th century, “to forgive for offense or sin,” from Old French pardoner.
Pardon (n.): late 13th century “papal indulgence,” from Old French pardoner “to grant; forgive” (11th century Modern French pardonner), “to grant, forgive,” from Vulgar Latin perdonare “to give wholeheartedly, to remit,” from Latin per “thorough, thoroughly” + donare “give, present” (related to donation).
Meaning “passing over an offense without punishment” is from c. 1300, also in the strictly ecclesiastical sense; sense of “pardon for a civil or criminal offense; release from penalty or obligation” is from late 14th century earlier in Anglo-French. Weaker sense of “excuse for a minor fault” is attested from 1540s.
"Let not a libation of tears be the only offering at the shrine of Jesus; let us also rejoice with joy unspeakable. If we have need to lament our sin, how much more to rejoice at our pardon!"
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892, one of finest Victorian preachers of his day)
"We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature."
Voltaire (François-Marie d'Arouet, 1694–1778, French writer, playwright, poet and public activist who played a singular role in defining the eighteenth-century movement called the Enlightenment)
"I have self-actualized. Pardon me whilst I adjust my glowing halo."
Ted Nugent (b. Theodore Anthony Nugent in 1948, musician and political activist)
"To step into reverence for your body, you must pardon yourself for all you have done and not done to care for it. You must bless what works and accept and embrace all you perceive to be wrong."
Debbie Ford (1955-2013, best-selling author and internationally recognized expert in the field of personal transformation and human potential, incorporating the study and integration of the human shadow)
"Repentance is a sweet solace to conscience as well as the most complete atonement to the Supreme Judge of our offenses; notwithstanding, the tongue of malevolence and scurrility may be continually preparing its most poisonous ingredients for the punishment of a crime, which has already received more than half a pardon."
Deborah Sampson (1760 – 1827, a woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War)
“To step into reverence for your body, you must pardon yourself for all you have done and not done to care for it. You must bless what works and accept and embrace all you perceive to be wrong.” — Debbie Ford
In being human we cannot help to experience our bodies’ fragilities, resiliences, and strengths. Our bodies, after all, are advanced biological ships and technical works of art. Although, our bodies are not who we truly are, we could not have these beautiful life journeys without them.
As we come to accept our mortality and our bodies’ limitations, we are learning to pardon our imperfections. We are also able to understand the body’s abilities to heal, which is its prime purpose.
Unfortunately, like parenthood and most relationships, our bodies do not come with manuals. We are, however, becoming more knowledgeable about nutrition and how our bodies work. It’s like owning a home, in which we don’t quite know how it all works until something is broken.
We are learning to forgive our imperfections and for not knowing enough. As the great Maya Angelou once wrote, “I did then what I knew best, when I knew better, I did better.”
We all have suffered through a variety of physical ailments.
I, personally, was born with chronic asthma the lasted through my early twenties, and now have very few attacks. And over 10 years ago, I had a horrific tumble down a flight of stairs, where I suffered blindness, severe headaches, chronic pain, insomnia, throbbing back pain and PTSD. As horrible as those conditions were, it gave me a deep desire to fight for the healing of my body.
Physical challenges force us to take better care and provide us with opportunities to listen more deeply to our bodies. In due course, we are developing relationships full of self-compassion and pardon for our perceived shortsightedness.
Stay loose, sojourners!