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. …

Shaniqua’s Story

I used to be a prostitute.  And then, one night, I met a Catholic priest who changed my life forever. Father Ramirez didn't preach at me like most religious people do.  Instead, he asked me about myself and what got me into prostitution.  He sat and listened as I shared my story and not once …

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 …

The First Time

It was a bright sunny Sunday morning when she arrived at the church. Mass had just finished and Father O'Reilly was talking to the parishioners as they filed out of the church. He looked very distinguished and stately in the green robe. She would always be grateful to him because it was on account of …

Madeline’s Wedding

It was Sunday and I was in church with my grandmother. I was supposed to meet Markus a couple of blocks away. He was taking me for lunch. I sat in the pew, singing but my thoughts were on Madeline's wedding. And I was wondering what I was going to wear. I had an allowance. …

A Powerful Force

He watched her as she knelt in the pew.  Fortunately the church was empty.  If anyone else had been there, they would have disapproved of the way she was dressed. Personally, he was happy to see her there.  After losing her fiance and son in a horrific boat accident, she had stopped coming to church.  …

Sacred Vows

His strategy for forgetting Justine Samuels was to keep busy with his work as the local parish priest but his efforts failed miserably.  No matter where he was or what he was doing, he couldn't stop thinking about her and wishing that he could see her again.  He missed her terribly.  Against his better judgment, …

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