So much opportunity. So many good things.
But it wasn’t to be.
Although in some ways it’s back where it was before, in other ways, it’s quite different.
We are changed. And that’s good. And some of the good things will continue, and develop further.
But it will take some time (in fact quite a long time) for issues to be resolved.
Part of one of the Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation (Roman Rite) keeps flooding my mind:
In the midst of conflict and division,
we know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace.
Your Spirit changes our hearts:
enemies begin to speak to one another,
those who were estranged join hands in friendship,
and nations seek the way of peace together.
Your Spirit is at work
when understanding puts an end to strife,
when hatred is quenched by mercy,
and vengeance gives way to forgiveness.
For this we should never cease to thank and praise you…