Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

The unimaginable has come to pass. Speaking Irish and dressed in white like a dove of peace, Queen Elizabeth, along with our own president, Mary McAleese, brought a beautiful and amazing end to the troubled times between our two countries. In both women's speeches at last night's unprecedented state dinner they extended warmth and understanding and firmly re-built the bridges that have been shaky and fragile for so long. These are days that we never dared dream of. It is the end result of years of reconciliation and sheer hard work on behalf of our president and many other politicians and peacemakers from both countries. They had a vision and it has become reality. The blood split for cause and country can be washed clean with the healing tears that so many ordinary people are shedding today as they are moved by the significance of this visit from a brave old lady who believed it important to call on us. No, of course no-one will forget the losses of life and soul but we can forgive, move on, be friends and remember there is no perfect situation; it's through the cracks that the light gets in....

The years of unease have been bookended with peace and that is a beautiful thing.

Thank you Queen Elizabeth and Mary McAleese - two powerful women who had a shared vision.

'There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.'
A.J Muste

'War is over. If you want it.'
John & Yoko

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.'
Martin Luther King


Anne said...

So well say Ellie and great of you to acknowledge these historic days on your blog. What a great week for Ireland.

Christine Lucignano said...

Here Here Ellie!!! Beautifully said by you, a beautiful woman. And if I may be so bold as to add, it took two woman to finally seal the deal!!!! We are of course, the superior sex. Other than our fabulous Gay's who we would be NOTHING without!!!

Catherine Goodall said...

Growing up with a shared history from both these beautiful lands, it was a special moment. I love the Queen's attention to detail - her dress was embroidered with 2091 hand stitched shamrocks. A lovely touch! x

Veronica said...

And thank you Ellie for catching the essence of what happened this week and for expressing it so beautifully.
Much better than Olivia O'Leary I think.

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