“Cain greatly resented this and was crestfallen.”

Malachy McCourt said it best: “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” When I think about my resentments, I see how petty and small I can be. I seem particularly incapable of just letting the statute of limitations run on my childhood grievances. Lord help me examine my resentments, let go of my hurts, and allow the poison that corrodes my soul to leech out of me.

—Peg Anderson, a partner in Chicago’s Fox Swibel law firm, is on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Project.