"You must be going through a difficult time. If so, I will not blame you,"
"Keep the [money] if you really need it, but please return the other things to me. You are still young. To err is human. Correcting your mistakes is more important than anything"
I really liked her perspective of wanting to encourage and sympathize with the thief. Many in her situation would choose anger and want retribution, but her focus was on compassion and reconciliation. It reminded me a lot of a Ravi Zacharias sermon from who knows how many years ago. (At least I think it was Ravi... I could be misremebering, sorry.) But it's about the idea of radical reconciliation and taking attitudes of forgiveness that run so countercultural to our society that people have no choice but to stand up and take notice. I can't say whether or not the woman in the article is a Christ follower but I can say that her heart is in line with Jesus' mission. Read the full story for the outcome and the thief's reaction. Definitely a lesson to learn and a model to follow.