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In the checkout line, a young girl reaches for a candy bar. Her mother grabs her, and when the four-year-old struggles, the mother delivers a sharp slap. The child begins to cry. Everyone stops to gawk as the child is being shaken and scolded for wanting candy. "I told you not to touch anything. See, you got what you deserved!" Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

It is easy to take the side of the innocent and have compassion, compassion enough to want to right the wrong and comfort the afflicted, but what about the guilty? Are we to
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