Lent 2015 – Day 14

Our reading for Lent today was an excerpt from one of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s books. It was an interesting and challenging piece about meditation and contemplation. He, of course, became well-known through his opposition to apartheid and receiving the Nobel Peace prize, among other things. He also has been quite a prolific writer and, in recent years, has become quite outspoken on a number of issues.

The following are a few quotes of his that I found online and, although they are ones that in my opinion are good and inspirational, they only scratch the surface of what Tutu has stood for over the years:

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

“Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.”

“When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.”

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

“We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.”

“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”

“True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute.”

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