Friday 19 January 2018

Priest with rock-like faith pivotal to peace

* I learnt today with great sadness of the death of Fr Alec Reid, the low-key Redemptorist priest who paid a pivotal role in ending the Troubles, and also in bringing an end to the Basque conflict in Spain. Fr Reid was the epitome of a man of God.

He kept out of the limelight and relied on his unshakeable faith in the Holy Spirit to move mountains.

He believed that the spirit moved in dialogue; as long as people spoke to one another there was hope. Where others said 'no' he said there was no choice; when others asked 'why', he said why not? He was steely only in his determination to make peace.

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