A man can achieve great things in prison. One thinks of Boethius, in classical times, writing The Consolation of Philosophy after a visit from the lady Philosophy herself while he awaits trial. Or St. Thomas More, scratching his last works with pieces of coal in the Tower of London. Or St. Maximilian Kolbe, giving witness to the greatest love by offering his life for a fellow prisoner.
Nelson Mandela, in our own time, became a symbol of resistance and hope that brought a government to its knees. Unlike many other political prisoners, he was released, and in freedom lived on as a potent symbol after becoming president of the nation he changed forever.
He was no saint, and no Boethius,...READ MORE