One of my thoughts on hearing of the death of Nelson Mandela was to think those who are bearers of hope in the midst of our world in a similar way to the way Mandela was.
Of the two most obvious, one is a man of whom most of us hadn't heard before March of this year.
The other is a young woman of whom most of us hadn't heard before October of last year.
RIP Nelson Mandela. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Pope Francis lives!
Malala Yousafzai lives!
To paraphrase the classic words of Julia Ward Howe, "Glory, glory, alleluia, their hope is marching on!"