"Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it."
(Pope John Paul II)
"Hands Across the Divide", Maurice Harron's Peace Sculpture in Derry, N Ireland
At the close of St Patrick's Day, with no commentary on the whys or rights or wrongs behind the recent shock of violence in Northern Ireland, pray with palms upturned to the future; the lines you may find there, like the lines of the prayer included here, are themselves ancient but timeless.If you really, truly want peace now and forever, never chart your future by looking back into the fray.
"You are the peace of all things calm,
You are the place to hide from harm,
You are the light that shines in dark,
You are the heart's eternal spark,
You are the door that's open wide,
You are the guest who waits inside,
You are the stranger at the door,
You are the calling of the poor,
You are my Lord and with me still,
You are my love, keep me from ill,
You are the light, the truth, the way,
You are my Saviour this very day."
(Old Irish prayer - Anon)
"Be Thou My Vision" Van Morrison
"Peace is liberty in tranquility."
(Marcus Tullius Cicero)