Thursday, August 10, 2006
New Beginning 62
In the lulling warmth of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Faith sat immobile at the organ. Easter Sunday morning mass had ended and sweat dotted her brow from her efforts. Terry came to her and nearly grazed her ear with his mouth as he whispered, "Iggy's on his way up."
Faith cringed, remembering the point in the mass when Father Tom had announced the retirement of Father Bob due to illness and named Father Patrick Sean Goodman as his replacement. She hadn't seen Sean since high school and long suppressed feelings for him jolted her. Her hand slipped onto the keyboard and a cacophony of notes burst from the organ. Everyone stared at her, and the anonymity she craved in doing her job well faded along with the blasphemous noise.
Holy week had drained her. She just wanted to get through this mass without incident, escape home where her orderly life awaited her, and eat a traditional Easter meal with her father. Not even fingering the massive organ helped when she felt like this.
And now Patrick Sean was a priest. How many times had she turned away his advances when he was in seminary, refusing to be a party to the breaking of his vows? Would he pressure her again? Could she resist again?
She spied Father Patrick Sean talking to Terry. He placed an arm around the altar boy and led him away toward the sacristy.
Faith let out a long sigh. She had nothing to worry about.
Continuation: Kate Thornton