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Peace on Earth

Love will settle all differences -- that is my response to Declan Foley (Letters, December 20). I repeat that I love Jesus in the Eucharist, and I add that I also love Jesus in the Word, and I love Jesus in all his children. I love in a spectacularly flawed fashion, but I am eternally grateful to my 'Protestant' husband for teaching me how to love.

I take Mr Foley's point that I have a lot of work to do regarding learning to be a Christian -- I expect that particular task to take me a lifetime.

In the meantime, if what I wrote does prove Martin Luther right again, I'm delighted, because like most of us he was right about lots of things, and also misinterpreted in lots of ways.

In support of another great 'Protestant' writer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I'd like to add an Advent quote: "The shepherds, like the wise ones from the east, stand at the manger not as converted sinners, but simply because they have been drawn to the manger just as they are."

And I have to thank my parish priest for that little gem!

Mary Barber
Dunlavin, Co Wicklow

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