Stuart and I recently took a short break up to Leicester and Coventry. We wanted to pay our respects to Richard III in Leicester and also visit Coventry Cathedral, one of the few cathedrals we haven't visited yet. Travelling together is one of the things Stuart and I do best and love the most, and we made it a mission for ourselves 17 years ago to visit every cathedral in Britain. We're nearly there and Coventry Cathedral was one of the last on our list.
|We climbed the tower and looked down|
on the footprint of the old cathedral,
and also the new cathedral which rose
like a phoenix from the ashes of the blitz.
Coventry was bombed during WWII between the Augusts of 1940 and 1942, and the very worst of the blitz on this city, located in the heart of Britain, occurred 75 years ago last evening, the evening of November 14th, 1940. Very little of Coventry's city centre remained standing after the night of bombing, but outer walls and the tower of the cathedral stood amidst the rubble.
"They bombed in straight lines from east to west, and then they started from south to north." ~Alan Hartley, Coventry (witnessed the attack at the age of 16.)
|'St. Michael and the Devil', by Sir Jacob Epstein,|
looms over the entrance of the cathedral.
there is a field. I'll meet you there........
~Rumi, Persian Poet
|The Statue of Reconciliation, |
There can never be peace made with evil, but there can be peace made between people. There was no better example of that than the fact that Friday night's football match in the Paris stadium was between France and Germany--70 years almost to the day that German bombs fell on Coventry. Until the moment evil broke through, French and German people sat together in peace. Peace is possible in this world and my prayer today is, as it always is, let it begin with me.
have forgotten that we belong to each other.