Tuesday, 6 November 2018

VISIONS


Excerpt from "Visions" (ISBN 978 1536 976076) 

His hands trembled uncontrollably. He looked at the envelope in the vain hope that it was addressed to someone else. No. It was his name all right. "Father Ignatius" it said in the same capital letters.

Obviously someone who knew him, or knew of him, was very angry to want to threaten his life.

The knock at the door made Father Ignatius jump out of his skin. He shoved the letter in his pocket and stood there trembling uncontrollably again.


Whoever it was knocked hard once again. Out of sheer stupidity, or perhaps because he was no longer focusing properly, the priest opened the door more as a reflex reaction to the knocking than anything else.

There standing on the doorstep was the biggest man he’d ever seen. He was well over six feet tall with broad shoulders like a rugby player. The young man in his early twenties towered above the priest. He had long scruffy dark hair and a fresh wound just above his eyelid. He was wearing dirty blue jeans and red sleeveless T-shirt revealing strong well-developed muscular arms covered in tattoos. He looked as if he could kill a person with one finger.
 
Half an hour later, when the last of the congregation had gone, Father Ignatius entered the church which was now silent once again. He turned off the main lights leaving just the one light on by the Sacristy door. The church was quite dark now, except for the flames from the candles on the Altar and by the statues in the side aisles. The smell of incense still lingered in the air. He looked at his watch and made his way to the front pew by the statue of the Virgin Mary. He knelt down and for a short while looked pensively at the flames dancing gently on the votive candles. The slightest breeze made the flames move backwards and forwards like synchronised ballerinas on a stage.
 
He’d been praying for half an hour or so when he heard the door at the back of the church open and then shut again with a soft thud as the spring pushed it back to its original position. He waited for the footsteps which would normally accompany such an occurrence but none were forthcoming.

He looked towards the back of the church but he could see no one in the darkness. The door was partly concealed by the confessional and a large statue of St Peter, so it could be possible that someone came in and was standing by the door hidden from view. On the other hand, someone could have opened the door, looked in, and finding the church empty just went away.

He decided to stay where he was and continue with his prayers. A few minutes later he heard footsteps at the back of the church. There was obviously someone there. His blood ran cold!


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VISIONS

Three children see an Apparition of Jesus and the news soon spreads throughout town. People react to it differently – some negatively. The children’s parents are subjected to malicious gossip and vicious attacks. Their Parish priest has a crisis of faith. The Church wants the story to just go away; whilst the children insist it is true. Especially when Jesus appears again … and again. Imagine this happened to you. How would you have reacted in the circumstances? As a Christian, as a parent, or as an onlooker? This traditional story in a modern setting challenges its readers to undergo a reality check and to re-affirm their Christian beliefs. A must for every Christian!


12 comments:

  1. A good read by a great writer. I highly recommend this book!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lulu, for your kind comments. I much appreciate your support.

      God bless you.

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  2. Great idea for today's post, Victor. Like Lulu, I highly recommend Visions!

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    1. Thank you Mevely. I am so pleased you enjoyed this book too. I am grateful for your support an encouragement.

      God bless you.

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  3. This was such an incredible read, Victor, this makes me want to delve into it again!
    Blessings!

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    1. What a very kind and very generous thing to say, Martha. Thank you so much. Thank you also for your very kind Customer Review on AMAZON for this book.

      It was my first attempt at writing and somehow, the message therein, kept buzzing through my head for weeks until finally I succumbed and started writing the story in a book. Little did I realise at the time that it would lead to a published book, and to other books with Fr Ignatius as the main character.

      It is through generous recommendations like yours that, hopefully, the book, and its storyline, will find its way into the right hands.

      God bless you, Martha.

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  4. You definitely caught my interest Victor and I had no trouble visualizing the candle lit church with its dark and quiet corners.
    Excellent!

    Blessings 💮

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    1. Thank you Jan. I hope you enjoy this story.

      God bless you.

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  5. I also recommend your books, Victor. Always thoughtful and enlightening. Thank yoU!

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    1. Thank you so much for your support and kindness, Terri.

      God bless you and yours.

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