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The Misadventures of Cardinal Fratelli, ch. 2Chapter 2.
Mass with Aunt Francine
By the next morning, Fratelli signed his letter, anxious to read it aloud during Holy Mass. Wearing a miter, the bishop's pointed hat, that glistened white in dawn-light, he paused before the altar, lifting a page high and read:
"Brothers and sisters in Christ, now is a time of untold grace. The newness and bounty of spring foretells one's new life after repentance, after a long winter of sin and despair. Sin and despair however, have not the last word.
Scripture says: For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable. (1). God reveals his mercy to us in the warm of spring and the rebirth that comes to the earth. How much more should rebirth come into our souls?"
Fratelli stopped. He eyed the congregation who mostly sat still, some children squirming near the back of the church. An old man coughed loudly, su
The Misadventures of Cardinal Fratelli, ch. 1Chapter 1
A Lazy Afternoon.
Spring gently waxed over tall hills. Lucca's splendid cathedral bathed in sun. Afternoon light flooded through stained-glass, soaking the cathedral floor with blue, yellow and magenta hues. Faint incense smoke hung in the air. Birds chirped outside, heralding new life.
Knelt there before the white, marble, side-altar of St. Joseph, a young, brown-haired cardinal in draping, red finery prayed a silent prayer. No sound disrupted him. Ignoring the sun's glare, which danced off the golden cross around his neck, he intently concluded aloud:
"Holy Patron of the Universal Church, also pray the Lord blesses the work of my hands. Be a guide and guardian to me. Steady my soul and protect my heart May the Angels of God watch over me In Father, Son and Holy Ghost~ Amen."
After delicately tracing a cross, he stood up with hands folded and begins walking down the wide aisle as if in solemn procession. No sooner than he stepped outside, did he trek absentmindedl
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