Forgiveness not only points toward a life beyond this life but it also enhances life in the present. Conversely, non-forgiveness not only predicts an uncertain spiritual future, it points to deterioration in the quality of life in the present. Forgiveness does not mean we have to forget what happened. Forgiveness does not mean we condone the evil. Forgiveness does not mean we excuse the perpetrator. Forgiveness does require that we face reality, even when it is unpleasant. Scars may remain, but no lessening of hostility is possible without a serious attempt to let go and to release animosity.