Daily Meditation for December 1, 2009

by Miriam Ardolf, OSB

Desmond Tutu, the Anglican Bishop in South Africa, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. From 1958 through 1994, the Blacks in South Africa were deprived of citizenship. They were segregated and received education, medical care, and public services inferior to those of the privileged Whites. After years of extreme violence by both the Blacks and the Whites, the Blacks regained their physical freedom. It was Archbishop Tuto, however, who was greatly influential in bringing about psychological and spiritual freedom. He helped create a court system in which both Blacks and Whites could freely confess their wrongdoings to those they injured in an effort to own up to their actions and be forgiven. Desmond Tuto’s book, No Future without Forgiveness is a challenge to us to own our acts and ask forgiveness from those we wronged.