Life viewed from a safe distance

Oct 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Ministry

Days as a curate in the late-80s were not easy.  The paramilitary ceasefires were still years away; there were still plenty of atrocities to come. The extremists fed off the polarisation of the two communities and the middle ground was narrow and precarious.  There were moments when the hatred was visceral, and when just about anywhere else on Earth would have seemed attractive.

A ridge of hills rose steeply to the west and north of the town.  Driving one particular road brought you to open ground where you could stand …