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Archbishop Vincent reflects on the legacy of Nelson Mandela

As we mourn the death of Nelson Mandela, we readily pray for the repose of his soul and for the comfort of all who feel his loss most keenly: his family and, of course, the people of South Africa.

Many aspects of the life and achievement of Nelson Mandela are testimony to his greatness. Outstanding among them is the manner in which he endured long years of imprisonment, his determination to wait for his time to come and his astonishing lack of bitterness. These qualities gave him the inner stability and resilience which characterised his life-time’s work. They are a great example to us in an age when immediacy of action and speed of result have become measures of success. Lasting and profound change is not achieved in that way. This is a great legacy he has left for us all.   

Your thoughts
  • Hugh Nicol
    Posted 8th December 2013 at 7:57am

    He always had a wonderful smile.

  • Kathy & clive Jones
    Posted 6th December 2013 at 10:29pm

    May Nelson Mandela rest in the peace.
    He was a credit to humanity in his desire to reconcile, by how he lived his life after prison, a voice for mercy, forgiveness and truth.
    Has as left us a legacy of the power of forgiveness, forgiveness that crossed all barriers with truth and love.
    ‘It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur.
    You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.’
    Nelson Mandela

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