A Statement from Martin Scorsese

The filmmaker writes about forgiveness and acceptance

Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese Collection, NY
Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese Collection, NY

I’ve subscribed to Parabola for thirty years, and I’ve saved every copy of the magazine. I always look forward to reading the latest issue. It’s given me spiritual sustenance—no other way to say it.

The theme of this issue is Forgiveness, and that’s a perfect response to a moment in time when unforgiving words and actions are not just celebrated but sold as courage.

It takes real courage to forgive, because it means discarding your anger and indignation, always readily available and therefore dependable, and hacking out a piece of common ground.

Forgiveness of your enemies…forgiveness of your friends and loved ones…and then forgiving yourself: an entirely different kind of question.

To find the courage and the patience and the understanding to see, and from there to accept, is a lifelong practice.

Parabola has guided and provoked and comforted me along my way.

From Parabola Volume 44, No. 3, “Mercy & Forgiveness,” Fall 2019. This issue is available to purchase here. If you have enjoyed this piece, consider subscribing. Four times a year Parabola has explored the deepest questions of human existence. Without your support, we would cease to exist. Please consider helping us by making a donation.

By Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is an Academy Award winning filmmaker and historian. Among his many films are Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Casino, The Departed, Silence, and The Irishman.