Sometimes there is more in a providential meeting, and a growing friendship, than we could expect.
Desmond has often paid tribute to CR.
The truth has been that we, the brothers of CR and our companions, have always known that we have received more from him, in friendship, prayer and true encouragement, than ever we have given.
Desmond’s particular gifts – giving himself wholly to the person he was talking with, his infectious merriment, his loyalty – these are well-known. But they were not random nor superficial. They expressed the truth by which Desmond has lived and has altered nations: that God’s love extends to everyone and so all are to be cherished and honoured, their hurts attended to and their hopes kindled. It has been from Desmond’s enduring Christian faith that his great, and priestly, work of reconciliation has grown.
The brothers CR commend him to his Lord with heartfelt thanksgiving. We offer our love to Leah and her family, with our prayer.
His beloved South Africa remains on our hearts and in our prayers. May Desmond’s passing be a moment of truth and of the renewal of the hope for which he has lived.