Desmond Tutu’s life,84, one of the most beloved and important religious leaders in the world has been released from the Cape Town hospital. “The Archbishop has a special word of praise for the warmth and compassion of those who work in hospitals, describing them as extraordinary human beings,” said a statement issued Wednesday on behalf of the Tutu family.
Life can sometimes be misunderstood as something distant from us, like a passive presence of things out of us, plants, animals, universe, the sun, stars, oceans, mountains, human; sometimes sounds that is something apart from us, and do not demand any responsibility from us to take care of it. That quasi-sensation that life is like an “impersonal being” is very far from reality; we are part of LIFE and it is not a passive concept.
Life is action. Certainly, this is what has made Desmond Tutu stand out as a profound spiritual leader. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, CH (born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
Tutu’s admirers see him as a great man who, since the demise of apartheid, has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He has also compiled several books of his speeches and sayings.
All living beings are immersed in a constant movement, acting, changing, improvements, evolving, transforming, and making transformations, also if we are not aware of it. Independently of us, with our desires or not, every being is n constant action of transformation. In this platform spirituality is basically connected with life as an action of transformation; spirituality means that we follow the direction of life, making possible life to others.
The gospel of the man of Nazareth illustrates my point. Jesus called us to be facilitators of life, to healed, to rescue, to support others, to give companionship and solidarity to those who are in need, or simple inclusion just because they are different of us in our diverse world (Matt. 4:17-25)
A facilitator of life is a spiritual-creative person whose goal is to provide time, love, and solidarity for the transformation of status-quo, making possible that hope, justice, and happiness embrace people by grace.
Pastor Tito Cevallos