The Holy Stairs, Martin Luther & Indulgences

Dushan was waiting in a café for Chioma so that they could go to Archbasilica of Saint John in Laterano and also to see the famous Scala Sancta, known as the Holy Stairs believed to be part of Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem and are the same ones Jesus climbed before being tried by the …

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Ruth’s Visitor

Ruth was in the garden having a cup of tea. It was a beautiful day. Summer was drawing to a close and soon the cold weather would be there. She wished the warm weather would last. She dreaded having to put on winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and boots. She hated the snow when it …

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Celebrating Ten Years

To celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary, Asif and I are on a Halal trip. We're visiting the Alcazar of Seville, the oldest palace in Europe and the most beautiful in Spain. Castilian Christians built it on a residential fortress for the Christian king Peter of Castile. The gardens are breathtaking. The only downside is that there …

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Layne Tells All

Layne was waiting for Olivia inside the lobby of his office building. He had called her last night after Sable left his flat. "Are you free tomorrow evening?" he asked. "Yes. Why?" "Remember you said to call you if I needed a friend?" "Yes and I meant it." "Can you meet me tomorrow evening at …

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Sarika and Jahaira Exchange Words

"So, has he proposed as yet?" Jahaira asked her younger sister. "You know very well that he hasn't or I'd be wearing an engagement ring, wouldn't I?" Sarika replied irritably. "There's not need to get snippy with me. It's not my fault that he hasn't asked you as yet--if he ever asks you." "What do …

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A Funeral, a Divorce & Cheating

I was sitting listlessly in my living-room. I had just come home from visiting Aunt Savitri after we went to church. The sermon, Compassion Like Christ was very interesting and it held my attention from beginning to end. After the service, we mingled with the minister and other church members before we left. As we …

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Dushan’s Gift

"How are you enjoying our time in Rome?" Dushan asked Chioma. "I love it. It's a captivating city with dazzling fountains." "Speaking of dazzling, here's something I bought for you." Her eyes widened when she saw the bracelet. "It's exquisite!" "It's the Rose gold bracelet." After helping her put it on, they kissed. 53 Words …

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The Wedding, Part One

iStock Image "I can't believe that the wedding is just two weeks away," Mrs. Agrawal said to her daughter, Rahina. "Yes." "Are you excited?" Rahina nodded. "Yes, I'm excited and nervous too." "I suppose it's natural for you to be a little nervous. I expect Nal is nervous too." "I can't imagine that. He's always …

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Saadiya’s Story

I'm not pretty although I've had some people say that I have flawless skin. Some even compliment on my complexion, saying that it looks like rich, dark chocolate. I've been told that I have nice eyes and an attractive smile yet, most of these same people were shocked when they found out that Faraz had …

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The Last Festival

PHOTO PROMPT © Bill Reynolds As she stared at the damaged greenhouse she was transported back to last year's beer festival, an annual open-air jamboree with live music. People from all over the state and even overseas flocked like birds every year.  She hated going. While everyone else was having a good time, she suffered in the sweltering …

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