|Book of Hours, Armagh Public Library|
Having formed the opinion that I would need to sample the wares of his local supplier, he was going round the corner to buy me a spectacular portion of cod and chips! Until just a few days before, he had been on pilgrimage to Medjugorje, so Mary’s Meals was known to him through the café there. Bringing back my seafood banquet however, he gave clear instructions that I would have to wait until midnight before eating it, since it was Friday; for over thirty years, in her messages at Medjugorje, Our Lady has been earnestly entreating the faithful to fast on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays.
 US participation in the peace process was indispensable of course, because Republican groups had always relied on the Irish diaspora in the US for much of their funding.