IRELAND ..Foxglove . . Sister Carmel's sabbatical leave ends tomorrow, when she will attend to community needs, but today she spends with me. While doing household chores, we discuss notions of religion and life. Though I am not Roman Catholic, or female, or Irish, we find common ground on almost everything. I am gently touched by grace. Tomorrow I'll train to Belfast, a center of what Carmen calls the "Irish Troubles". It is a stalemated war between the terrorist IRA and the powerful British Army. She believes the British are protecting excessively wealthy interests in Northern Ireland, which should be unified with Ireland. I imagine my relatives in Belfast might take a different view.

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