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The rainbow.

What it means for us as Franciscan Sisters

The rainbow is a biblical sign for the promise of God that he will give safety and new life.

"Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you ..."

I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth...

This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth ... I will remember my everlasting covenant ..." (Genesis 9)

The rainbow is therefore a sign against destruction whereas the great flood was the destruction of life: it never will happen again. But God needs our hands and our hearts to let this come true so that our nation may become a land of promise where we can live peacefully together.

The rainbow.
What it means for us as South Africans
 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu called the South Africans the Rainbow Nation because of the diversity of people living in this country: different nationalites, cultures, backgrounds, talents, etc.
As colorful as the population, so is the new flag (since 27th of april 1994). The flag with the rainbow colours is a symbol for the renewal. It represents the changes in the country and the readiness for reconciliation. Everyone is asked to try to become reconciled with the past in order to build up the future.

Our task and our challenge as Franciscan Sisters is: to give hope through our work but even more through our witness of living together. Our witness should encourage people of different races and cultures to life together in peace and mutual respect.Then our country can become a land of promise for all who live in it.