Father Kiesler’s Visitor

Father Kiesler was in the office reading a copy of The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). His mother gave it to him when he visited her on Mother's Day. He was greeted enthusiastically first by his younger sister, Katja and then, his mother who was beside herself with delight. …

Keep Your Heart

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.  Let your eyes look straight ahead,And your eyelids look right before you.  Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.  Do not turn to the right …

The Interview, Buenos Aires & Plans for Uruguay

He stared at her. Did she have any idea of how beautiful and sexy she looked in that dress? She was making it really hard for him not to want to scoop her up in his arms and take her up to his hotel room and make love to her. "What's the matter?" she asked. …

Vengeance

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz She looked at the water longingly.  Should she do it?  The temptation was overwhelming.  Gripping the rail, she imagined how she would do it.  It had to look like an accident.  Then, she remembered, “…never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those …

Sin is Sin

“O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the slightest sin” (Psalm 5:4) How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh, God won’t mind. It’s just a little sin.” People feel that as long as they don’t commit the big sins like murder, adultery or stealing, it is okay. God cannot …

Old and New

"So, tonight, we're going to study the book of Job." "Job. That's in the Old Testament." "Yes." "I thought we were going to study something from the New Testament." "Is it true that your church doesn't believe in the Old Testament?" "No! I'm tired of people assuming that members of my church don't believe in …

Imaginary? Illusions?

"I read a story recently about a man who when caught claimed that the devil made him do it. Instead of admitting that he was guilty and taking responsibility for his crime, he blames it on an imaginary, fictional character." "The devil isn't an imaginary, fictional character. He's real." "Says who?" "Says the Bible." "Men …

Agnes Blackmails Margaret

"I saw you put it there." "What are you talking about?" "I saw you put it in her room." "Put what in whose room?" "I saw you go into Miss Taylor's room and put the bottle of Cyanide in her drawer." "Don't talk foolishness, Agnes. You couldn't have seen me do anything of the sort." …

Clive Gets a Visitor

"What you doing here?" Clive asked Margaret. It unnerved him that she was right outside of the Four Seasons Hotel where he was staying. He had just returned from visiting his Aunt Caroline who was out on bail and staying with his older brother Robert and his wife while awaiting her trial. "I wanted to …

Caroline is Arrested

The gazebo was a sizeable sanctuary. It was her favorite place on the estate. It was where she liked to read or merely reflect on life. However, today, she found no solace there. Her mind was in a turmoil. She was still in shock over losing Charles and learning that his death was caused by …

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