The following homily was given at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame on December 13th, 2013, on the occasion of a Mass of Justice and Peace in memory of Nelson Mandela.

How does one who spent twenty seven years of brutal imprisonment, emerge from that jail with one of the most endearing and genuine smiles the world has seen? How can one who suffered the most debasing and dehumanizing cruelties and injustices, forgive his jailers?How can one deprived of his freedom for so many years turn out to be one of the most free persons?These and similar questions have been on our minds since Thursday when we learnt of the passing of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. 

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