Door of Reconcilliation

Marylamb

Salem, United States

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On a tour of Ireland our guide told this story, “In St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, is displayed a 500 year old Chapter door with a hole in it. The door is hung so that it can be seen from both sides and there is a plaque that identifies it as the Door of Reconciliation. It seems that all those years ago there were two Irish Earls who had been at war with one another for so many years that it had become an entrenched feud between them and their followers. At some point, one of the Earls had taken refuge in the Chapter house of the cathedral as it was a traditional place of sanctuary. The other Earl, realizing that the feud had gone on far too long and needed to be ended, came to the door that shielded his enemy and knocked. The first Earl, afraid for his life, refused entrance to the second, so the second Earl took his sword and cut the hole in the wooden door, then extended his sword arm through the door, thus putting himself at the mercy of his enemy. The first Earl was so moved by the daring gesture that he opened the door and was reconciled to his enemy. And the door hangs all these many years later, in strife-torn Ireland, as a strong message.”

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