Made for Goodness and Compassion

Photo of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Photo by John Mathew Smith. Licensed under the CCPL

God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion. – Desmond Tutu

With the recent passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, I thought it might be a good time to reflect on his life and some of the wisdom he shared with the world.  Tutu was a passionate man who believed in the equality of all people and worked for the rights of the oppressed.  He believed everyone deserved a quality education, stating, “It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible.” When Tutu graduated high school in 1950, he wanted to become a doctor and had been accepted into medical school.  However, his parents couldn’t afford the tuition.  He was able to get a scholarship to study education, so was able to go to college.

Like Tutu, the parents of Adelante Mujer students cannot afford to pay the six years of tuition and expenses it takes to complete the medical program at URACCAN.  But given financial help, the women in our program are working hard to learn, to become excellent doctors.  They are working to reach their potential, knowing they are made for goodness and compassion.  Like Tutu, they will have a positive impact on their world.


We can all do the same in our own corners of the world.  We can make a difference.  We can show compassion to those around us and do good in our communities.  Our own acts may seem small, but each will have an impact.  As Desmond Tutu said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

— Karen, January 2022 —



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