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Friday, December 06, 2013

Bishop Kevin Dowling on Mandela

I've posted about the Bishop of Rustenburg, South Africa, Kevin Dowling, C.SS.R. before here and here. Today I saw an article with his (and other people's) comments on Nelson Mandela. Here's what he had to say ...

Mandela recalled as a man who inspired others to uphold human dignity

[...] In a telephone interview Dec. 6, Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg, South Africa, said Mandela "lived the values that make life truly meaningful" and explained that the former president's "memory invites us to reflect on our call to be human beings with each other and for each other."

Bishop Dowling, vice chairman of the Southern African bishops' conference justice and peace department, helped establish the conference's parliamentary liaison office in Cape Town soon after Mandela was elected president.

The bishop recalled one day in November 1995 in which he met Mandela twice: once at the funeral of a king of the Bafokeng people and later in Oukasie, a tumbledown township that was the site of significant struggle during apartheid, for a gathering of the international Young Christian Workers.

In Oukasie, Mandela "headed straight for the kids who were there and there was such mutual joy at seeing each other," Bishop Dowling said, noting that Mandela "always had such smiling eyes and an exceptional love for children."

Then Mandela "asked me if the people at the meeting were all from different countries and when I confirmed this, he said, 'then I must greet them all personally.'"

"So there was this old man, who had had a very long day, shaking hands with every person there, asking them what country they were from. And the look on those young people's faces as he did that ...," Bishop Dowling said.

The values Mandela portrayed -- "understanding, compassion, reaching out to others -- are values I aspire to, and I think every one of us feels the same. He was what we yearn to be ourselves: profoundly human," he said.


Anonymous Victor said...

Dear Crystal,

I just came here to say hello and I was pleased to read your two here and here, cause they brought back old memories of my first two blogs.

I remember doing a lot of talking with Jack and when I clicked his name I was able to confirm that he was the old Jack that I knew. Believe it or not, even though you didn't always allow all of his comments, I found him to be a very educated man and I kind of liked him and I'm not just saying that because he kindly said in so many words that he didn't think that I was a Hypocrite.

I also remember Liam and Deacon Denny.

Seeing that I've put my imaginary friends to rest until The New Year, I better just say thanks for the trip down memory lane and talk to you later.

Keep praying for me as I'm praying for you. :)

God Bless.

10:28 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Victor,

Yeah, I remember them too. I wonder how they are.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Victor said...

(((Yeah, I remember them too. I wonder how they are.)))

Seeing that you asked, I can tell you through Jack's old blog below that he's older and not doing to bad but as far as Liam and Deacon Denny, I honestly believed that you were still in contact with them.

Thanks for asking.

God Bless

5:00 PM  

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