: to buy back: repurchase
: repair, restore
: to free from distress or harm
: to change for the better: reform
: to make good: fulfill
: to atone for: expiate




Redeem (v.): early 15th century, “buy back, ransom,” also in a theological sense, “deliver from sin and spiritual death,” from Old French redimer “buy back,” from Latin redimere “to redeem, buy back,” from red- “back” + emere “to take, buy, gain, procure.”  In Middle English Latin redimere sometimes was translated as againbuy.  Meaning “make amends for” is from 1520s.  Sense of “make good” (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840.

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"People have the power to redeem the work of fools."

Patti Smith (b. 1946, singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist)

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“Sometimes friends make mistakes. Grievous ones that cry out for us to stay and prove we are true friends.” 

Beth Bernobich (b. 1946, science-fiction, fantasy, and alternative history writer; reader, mother, and geek)

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“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.” 

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, profound and prolific writer in the Danish "golden age"; he crossed the boundaries of philosophy, theology, psychology, literary criticism, devotional literature, and fiction)

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“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of our suffering to become is in our own hands.” 

bell hooks (b. 1952, acclaimed intellectual, feminine theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer)

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“you’re so afraid of everyone pitying you that you’d rather nurture their contempt than accept their forgiveness"

Nicola Sinclair (author of contemporary Australian romance, best known for writing the "Redemption")

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“People have the power to redeem the work of fools.”
Patti Smith

We are all fools, because largely we are ignorant of each other and of one issue or another.  Essentially, we are all imperfect and were at one time or another unconscious and asleep.

Thank Goodness for redemption where we are given many opportunities to wake up and return Home to Love.

I felt my most vulnerable when I became a young mother at the age of 27.  Like so many of us, I made a lot of mistakes, because I knew so very little of what it meant to be maternal.  Nick, the first born and naturally, he endured a great many of my mistakes.

I don’t recall what misstep I made.  But, whatever it was, I truly needed to ask Nick for forgiveness.  And right away, my son forgave me, granting us both the gift of redemption.

Fellow travelers, we must try always to observe each other from a state of compassion and forgiveness.  There’s so much at stake.

Warmly, Tonya


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