A moving letter to a newborn baby by South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu is going viral in America. The letter – which includes an important ‘secret’ – was sent to baby Juliet in Massachusetts, USA.
A copy of the letter was first uploaded to Facebook just over a week ago by Jeni C. who wrote: “This. This is what the world needs. This is a letter sent to a colleague’s newborn baby from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
“Juliet’s daddy wrote to him because he wanted to collect a book of letters for Juliet. Not only did he [Tutu] respond, but he wrote what the world must embrace.
“This is beyond beautiful. Please share. The world needs to see this.”
The letter reads:
Hello, little sister.
You don’t know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey – on another continent many miles away – is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it’s not really a secret because we should all know it. So I don’t mind if you tell everyone else.
Did you know that all people belong to one family, the human family? That although we may look nothing like each other, live in separate homes, practise our own cultures, subscribe to different religions – and some of us have more money than others – we are all sisters and brothers of God’s family?
You and I, and everyone else, were born with the same purpose. For love, for goodness and for one another.
God Bless You.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Cape Town, South Africa
Jeni said she was a “freaking mess” after reading the letter and many of her friends said they were “weeping”. One said “The greeting ‘Hello, little sister’ is where I start falling apart… beyond beautiful.”
Mom of the newborn, Kristen M., thanked Jeni for sharing the letter and agreed that she hopes it goes viral.
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