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Love In Action

C.S. D’Oliveira
Curationis | Vol 1, No 4 | a165 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v1i4.165 | © 1979 C.S. D’Oliveira | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 September 1979 | Published: 25 September 1979

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C.S. D’Oliveira, Executive Director, Operation Upgrade of Southern Africa, South Africa

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It was a cold winter’s night on a lonely mission in Pondoland. Alone with my thoughts I sat before my makeshift fireplace. I had just set light to the half-green wood through the paper and kindling placed beneath it. I was intrigued to see how the curled, broken fibres of the wood straightened out as they were caught in the ascending draughts of warm air fleeing before the strengthening flames from below. Then, as the temperature rose above a certain point, they glowed at the tips like brilliant stars shining through the stormwrack of clouds seeking to obscure them. It was an intermittent glow, fading out as the upward draught of hot air veered off on another course, then glowing again as it returned. This continued until each piece of firewood caught light in its turn; imparting this glow to others as they, in their own fiery refining, became translated from the coarseness of their solid material form into dancing flames, and giving form and expression to the thoughts welling up within me as I sat entrancedly gazing into them.


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