Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Christ is risen!

Wishing you all a very peaceful and blessed Easter.

I saw this while I was at church today and thought that a story of reconciliation might be appropriate.

The Door of Reconciliation
"In 1492 two Irish families, the Butlers of Ormonde and the FitzGeralds of Kildare, were involved in a bitter feud. This disagreement centred around the position of Lord Deputy. Both families wanted one of their own to hold the position. In 1492 this tension broke into outright warfare and a small skirmish occurred between the two families just outside the city walls.
The Butlers, realising that the fighting was getting out of control, took refuge in the Chapter House of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The FitzGeralds followed them into the Cathedral and asked them to come out and make peace. The Butlers, afraid that if they did so they would be slaughtered, refused.
As a gesture of good faith the head of the Kildare family, Gerald FitzGerald, ordered that a hole be cut in the door. He then thrust his arm through the door and offered his hand in peace to those on the other side. Upon seeing that FitzGerald was willing to risk his arm by putting it through the door the Butlers reasoned that he was serious in his intention. They shook hands through the door, the Butlers emerged from the Chapter House and the two families made peace.
Today this door is known as the “Door of Reconciliation” and is on display in the Cathedral’s north transept. This story also lives on in a famous expression in Ireland “To chance your arm”. "
(Text from St. Patrick's Cathedral website)
Apologies if I have posted this before. If I have - stories of reconciliation bear repeating. If I have not - well here's something new. 


  1. Truly He is Risen! An apt lesson for Pascha mon vieux

  2. Happy Easter to you and yours. I really apppreciated the story about the door.

  3. An apposite tale for these worrying times.

  4. A very Happy Easter to you all too.

  5. Happy Easter! I didn't know of the story, really nice -and appropiate.

  6. Happy Easter (it is late on Easter Wednesday as I write) to your family! That is a wonderful story about the door of reconciliation, and so appropriate to the season!

  7. Greetings! What a great story! Doubly so as the first three Earls of Ormonde were grandfathers. By the time of this story my branch had continued through a younger son and these Butlers are more distant cousins. The tapestry of life is so cool sometimes.