What Might Have Been…

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com It was late Sunday afternoon. Father Morelli was in the sanctuary reading a prayer book. He had done two masses for the day and now he could spend the remainder of the day with family or friends or on his own. He could do with the R&R. It had been …

A Teacher’s Confession

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com "Good Morning, father." "Good Morning." She quickly made the sign of the cross before saying, "Bless me father, for I have sinned. It has been five months since my last confession. These are my sins.” Father Culpepper listened as she confessed her sins briefly and clearly. "Father, I'm truly sorry …

Celibacy & Abortion

Father Kiesler was in his office with Bishop Haas. The bishop had just completed his pastoral visit. He seemed quite pleased. "Father Kiesler, you're doing a fine job with the school and the parish," he told him. "As fine a job as the late Father Schmidt." "Thank you, Your Excellency." "Is there something on your …

Call on the Lord’s Name

And whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved - Acts 2:21, MEV iStock Photo The apostle Paul further explains why by calling on the name of Jesus, a person will be saved. In his letter to the Romans, he wrote, "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe …

Monifa’s Whereabouts

It was one of those misty mornings in the summer. It reminded him of the times Monifa and he went for walks. He remembered that it was on the morning of Holy Thursday when he had told her about the hot cross buns his mother used to make every year for Good Friday because it …

Father Kiesler’s Decision

After agonizing over what to do, he decided that it would be best to send Monifa away for her safety and once she was gone, he knew what he needed to do. In his hand, he had the letter in which he had written about everything, including his relationship with her, although he didn't mention …

The Letter to Madge

Image from Deviant Art Madge eagerly tore open the envelope, her fingers trembling as she removed the letter and unfolded it. Going over to the window, she read it in the light streaming in. Her face fell when she read the salutation. The letter wasn't from Dalton. Dear Ms. Harris, I trust that is letter …

Makena’s Story

I'm an only child.  I was 12 years old when my mother died.  My father was devastated.  A Catholic priest told him that I would be better off living in an Italian orphanage where I would have a good Christian education.  The father believed him because he was a priest.  He was a missionary sent …

Francis Finds Love and Faith

"Why haven't you been by the house?  Are they working you too hard?  When is the last time you went to confession?  When are you going to settle down and get married?"  Mrs. De Vries demanded as her son, Francis walked out of the courthouse and into the late afternoon sunshine.  It had been a …

Only God Can Restore Us

Hosea 14 The people are exhorted to return to the Lord, ask Him to take away their iniquity, to receive them and in return they will offer the sacrifices of their lips such as praise, thanksgiving and confession.  They will acknowledge and confess that no nation can save them and that no longer will they …

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