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By Mary C Pearson

copyright 2008 Mary C Pearson

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For all of my daughters, but especially for Nikki and Kirsten, who refused to hear my Shroud proofs unless I wrote them as fiction.

Anastasia’s Grail


“The Saints are not people who never made mistakes or sinned, but who repented and were reconciled…Hence, also among saints there are oppositions, discords and controversies, and this is very consoling for me, as we see that the saints have not ‘fallen from Heaven’…They are men like us, with complicated problems. Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning, holiness grows with the capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness…”

--Pope Benedict XVI , general audience, Jan 31, 2007

“Guess where we’re going on vacation?”

Groggy, Stacy looked up from the novel she had been trying to read, “Aspen.”

“C’mon, Stace.”

“Paris, then.”

Rose shot her daughter a look.

“We never vacate, Mom. What about the bread store?”

Her mother adjusted the heat to a lower setting and nudged the car radio down a bit. “Your uncle can mind the register for a couple of days and we’ve got quite a bit frozen. They can do without the fresh stuff for awhile. I doubt if anyone will die until we get back.”

Stacy was completely awake now. She firmly closed her book and shoved it in her pack. “Who all is included in this “we” that are going on vacation, anyway? For that matter, where are you planning to take me?” She was unable to disguise her alarm.

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