Father Vincent tells Kumalo that the sorrow he feels over his son is an improvement over fear, for the sorrow can enrich him
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Father Vincent's "advocation" for Kumalo's sorrow might be best understood as a gesture of solidarity. In the Christian tradition, sorrow is often accepted as a gift from God because Christ himself says that his followers should "take up their cross daily." Father Vincent is trying to say that Kumalo's pain is a sign of his identity as a Christian brother. Fear, on the other hand, is a sign of alienation from God and his people because it implies a lack of trust.