Tuesday 24 April 2018

Visit is healing the wounds of history

THIS is the day which the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad. The words of the Psalm seem somehow apt at the near-miraculous sight of a British monarch laying a wreath in honour of those who died for Irish freedom. Perhaps the Lord did have a hand in bringing this day about.

There has been no shortage of prayers during the 30 years of Northern violence; many accompanied by bitter tears. But we can be certain about the tireless effort which so many politicians and leaders of church and community put into making this remarkable act of reconciliation possible.

Among them, a special mention must be made of President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin. She greeted Queen Elizabeth not just as a fellow head of state, but as someone who played a key role in building trust between nationalists and unionists, and closer relations between Britain and Ireland. The mood was enhanced by the obvious close relations between the two women.

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