Genuine Reconciliation (Desmond Tutu Quote)

Genuine Reconciliation (Desmond Tutu Quote)

Genuine Reconciliation (Desmond Tutu Quote)

“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones is not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”

Desmond Tutu

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  1. Mary Beth Williams 6 years ago

    I have found this to be so true and very healing– but not easy. It takes a willingness to be vulnerable, but that brings genuine authentic connection. Thank you for this beautiful quote Tutu is one of my favorites❤️

  2. Marianne Patterson 6 years ago

    Truer words were never spoken. The courage it takes to embrace this and truly live this is at times mind blowing and overwhelming. But there really is no true alternative. Superficial reconciliation is of no real value, it just delays the healing process.

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