Faith/Spirituality Forum: forgive and forget?

forgive and forget? QUESTION from paulinus October 9, 2001 Dear Rev. Bro,
I recently had my mobile telephone stolen from me. A person whom I know asked me if he could borrow the phone to make a call only to see him run down the street with it moments later.
When I confronted him, he said that he needed the money, and that people where going to kill jim etc. I told him that I would go to the police and report the theft, he said that he had been in trouble with the police before and that if he were arrested he would be punished serverely.
My questionj is should I go to the police and report the theft, so that I may get the telephone back? Or should I forget that he stole from me and be left without a telephone or enough monet to purchase another?
I do not hold it against him, I am just unsure of the action I should take. Can you please advise me on what the right thing to do would be?
Pax Domini, Liam
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on October 10, 2001 Dear Mr. Paulinus:
Thanks for the promotion, but I am not a Reverend, I am not an ordained priest, I am merely a Brother.
I will answer your question with a question for you to consider. After praying about it, answer my question to you and then you will know what to do.
How would it help this person if he is not held responsible for the theft?
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