Comments: Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

What a wonderful example of the forgiveness we Christians are supposed to emulate! Nelson Mandela was as close as any human being to the paradigm of Jesus and forgiveness of one's enemies.

May he now rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory. Amen

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 8 December 2013 at 2:27am GMT

A lovely series of tributes. It's a shame, though, that press officers haven't checked the provenance of quotations allegedly from Nelson Mandela -- the Archbishop of York ends with a quotation he attributes to Mandela but actually from the American self-help author Marianne Williamson.

Posted by Paul at Sunday, 8 December 2013 at 9:49am GMT

"I am not a Saint,please remember my vices and virtues." Nelson Mandela.

Posted by Robert ian Willaims at Monday, 9 December 2013 at 5:03pm GMT

"He had an incredible empathy." ++Tutu

Amen and amen.

Posted by James Byron at Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 10:09pm GMT

Yes, Robert. One suspects that those who actually think they are saints, and expect others to recognise them as such, may be further from the Kingdom of God, than those who are only too aware (like Nelson Mandela) of their sinful nature.

Think Pharisee and Publican!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 10:24am GMT
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