During 1990, Father Lapsley was active in the struggle against apartheid. One day, he opened a letter bomb that nearly killed him and took both his hands and an eye. His story explains his role in South Africa and his personal rising awareness of the radical demands of the Gospel and his growing identification with the freedom struggle. In post-apartheid South Africa, Father Lapsley saw a whole nation in need of healing. He discovered a new vocation of drawing on his own experience of trauma to promote the healing of others.
"The Church often thinks it knows what the world wants from it -- inspiration, leadership, clear teaching," said Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. "But surely what the world is most hungry for is the simple knowledge that healing is possible -- not by forgetting or minimizing outrages and sufferings but by sheer obstinate, costly commitment to work with the grain of grace. This is what Father Michael has demonstrated in so many contexts across the globe, and this book is a wonderful testament to what the Gospel can make happen."
Raised in New Zealand, Father Lapsley joined the Society of the Sacred Mission and journeyed to South Africa, where he joined the African National Congress. After recovering from his injuries, Father Lapsley returned to the country to found the Institute for Healing of Memories.
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