Sister Caterina, The Pope & a Decision

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Through the parted curtains leading to the sanctuary, Father Morelli could see Sister Caterina standing there. An hour ago he had done the weekly midday Mass and after the visitors had left, he remained there at the altar, praying and thanking God for helping him to get through the service. …

The Rosary, Macbeth & Naples

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Father Morelli was in the sanctuary praying when Genet walked in. She stopped, not wanting to disturb him and waited. Twenty minutes later, he turned and saw her standing there. He slipped the Rosary into the pocket of his cassock. "Hello," he said. She walked over to him. "Hello. You …

Father Jörgensen’s Questionings

Yesterday morning, a friend asked me, "Why do Catholics pray to Mary when the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is the one true mediator between God and humanity?" My quick reply was, "Yes, it's true that we can go directly to Jesus during prayer but intercessory prayer through Mary as well as other saints …

Porto Novo & Portland

It was a beautiful Sunday morning and Ede and Hank were in Porto Novo having lunch. "I spoke to my mother last night. She asked me if I would be spending Christmas in Portland with her." "What's Christmas like in Portland?" "Very festive. You have the Revels Show with singing, dancing, juggling, and poetry as …

Hank on the Beach

It was after six in the evening. Hank was relaxing on the beach enjoying the cool sea breeze and the sunshine. He wondered if he would hear from Ede. He hadn't been able to stop thinking about her since they met on Friday. As he walked past the store, he noticed her standing behind the …

Father Desjardins’ Announcement

"Good morning, Ede." "Good morning, Father Desjardins." "Ede, I have news which I wanted to share with you before it is announced in church on Sunday." She looked at him. "I hope it isn't bad news." "No, it isn't bad news. I've been called to minister to Catholics in a parish in Ireland." For several …

Laird Visits His Father

"Tell me what you think of this opening line for my book, Time stole his most prized possession--his mind." Mr. Pendlebury asked Laird. They were in his study. Laird had called him the night before to tell him he wanted to see him. "Sounds good but I thought you were writing a book about genuine …

Laird Lunches With Emma

Laird was leaving the coffee shop when he spotted Emma, his colleague Bradley's wife. Tucking the newspaper under the arm carrying the coffee, he used his free hand to open the door. She was just passing by when he called out to her. She turned and her face broke into a big smile. "Hello, Laird." …

Afternoon Tea with Mrs. Siri

"Grandma, why do people call you eerie Siri?" "I guess it's because they think I'm strange." "Strange in what way?" "It think it's because of my right eye." "You can't help that." "I know, Baby but that's how folks are. They get scared when they see something they don't like or don't understand. Don't let …

Giulia

She looked at the odd shaped structure.  It was covered in moss.  Everything else seemed to fade into the background.  It reminded her of when she visited the Accademia Gallery and she saw Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Israel's most beloved king, David.  Her eyes were fixated on the figure, moving towards it as if hypnotized.  The …

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