EXCERPT FROM HOMILY GIVEN BY POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II AT JASNA GORA ON JUNE 19, 1983
"Mother of our hearts! Let the strength of forgiveness spring forth from these words everywhere, for without forgiveness we cannot escape the chains of hatred. Hatred is a destructive force, and we should neither destroy nor allow ourselves to be destroyed by it. The strength of forgiveness comes from the power of love. Forgiveness is not weakness. Forgiveness does not mean renouncing truth and justice, it means striving for truth and justice through the Gospel."