There has been much said and written about Nelson Mandela since yesterday. His life has been an incredible influence on so many. He embodied the power of the human spirit and was living proof that the world can be transformed. He lived and embraced so many Gospel values like peace, love, courage, healing, determination, light, hope, endurance and much more. Rather than repeating much of what has been said about his life I am including some of his quotations that leave plenty food for thought:
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."
"I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying."
"Religion is one of the most important forces in the world. Whether you are a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew, or a Hindu, religion is a great force, and it can help one have command of one's own morality, one's own behaviour, and one's own attitude."
"Our goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished"
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin, or their background, or their religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
"I am the captain of my soul."