Nursed in Darkness

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness. J. Genet

Monday 04/2017

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. O. Mandino. This week we lay to rest our dear friend and brother Enver. In speech and sharing we spoke of the hope of his transition, even as he descended to the grave. In all the sorrow there was the hope and knowing that he was transitioning to a wonderful place. Despite the negative reputation of darkness there is another and powerful aspect. Darkness is also fertility. Everything that has not yet come into being is held in darkness; the seed that will become a flower, the child who is not yet born. The deepest and most unexplored parts of your soul are held in a loving darkness until it is time for you to manifest them or bring them into the light. Even in grieving the darkness can reach you, because the sharp edges of light are too painful. Darkness can come to you to comfort you and keep you safe, it comes to you as a loving presence to protect you while you are vulnerable. Darkness is also essential to our biological welfare, our internal clockwork, as light regulates our waking and sleep rhythms. So fundamental are these rhythms to our being that altering them is like altering gravity. God is divine, God is Light, but God is also so vast and incomprehensible. He came to this world in Jesus, but the world rejected Him, yet He became King. “God’s future came forward to meet us in the present” Nt. Wright. There is yet uncreated light and there is the absence of light that is perceived as darkness. Yet in the divine dance of God there has been created the two, to birth the new and the renewal to replace the present. “Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing. Psalm 98 7-8. I wish you His presence as you nurse or endure within you an absence of light or a “good” darkness, may that become fertile and bring forth the new, that which God has planned for this coming week!

an old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Lessons from Bujumbura

Reconciliation is a long and difficult process – but can be lived! Here an interesting position paper to the difficulties!

National reconciliation is a vague and ‘messy’ process. In post-genocide Rwanda, it presents special difficulties that stem from the particular nature of the Rwandan crisis and the popular participation that characterized the Rwandan atrocities. This article outlines the main approaches being used in Rwanda to achieve reconciliation, highlighting some of the major obstacles faced by these institutions. It then goes on to argue that certain ‘Silences’ are being imposed on the reconciliation process, including the failure to prosecute alleged RPA crimes, the lack of debate on, and the instrumentalization of, Rwanda’s ‘histories’, the collective stigmatization of all Hutu as génocidaires, and the papering over of societal cleavages through the ‘outlawing’ of ‘divisionism’. The role economic development can play in the reconciliation process is also discussed. Given the Government of Rwanda’s central role in the reconciliation process and its progressive drift towards authoritarianism, the article ends with a reflection on the worrisome parallels between the pre and post-genocide socio-political contexts.