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Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 03-05-13 Witches to Saints

Alchemist Gift – Witches to Saints

Saint Bianca Alchemist Gift

Saint Bianca Alchemist Gift

Alchemist Gift continued: Father Silva was caught up in a swirl of excited parishioners pushing their way across the square to the Provost office. A bobbing crowd, some in prayer and others wiggling forward and insistent on being the first to see the miracle, already blocked the portico that lead into the court yard of the civic buildings. He heard the word “miracle” enter the different conversations several times.

Father Silva broke free; out of the corner of his eye he saw Monsignor Petri , Sergeant Gagliardi, Vito and Vincenzo Rizzo along with a half a dozen youngsters all standing in a circle looking down. Silva walked briskly toward the men. He felt it proper to have the monsignor with him when he witnessed the miracle.

Petri looked up at Father Silva. “Look Eduardo, there lies the voice of the church,” one of the boys tried to move the bell with his foot. “It seems lightning does strike the same place twice.” he had a twinkle in his eye.

“Our bell, this is awful.” Silva, with a knitted brow, knelt down and placed his hand on the bell; it was still warm. Irritated, he pushed the boy’s foot away from the bell, and then sternly added: “You children go back to your families, now.” Father Eduardo shooed them away with both arms.  The children reluctantly obeyed at first. The oldest, a lad of eleven, clapped his hands and took the lead. The boys laughed and shouted as they held out their arms like wings and zigzagged across the square, running through every puddle they could on their return to their families. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 03-02-13 It’s a Miracle.

Alchemist Gift – Renaissance. It’s a Miracle.

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witch burning Alchemist Gift

Alchemist Gift continued: The five reprieved witches soberly waited as Marta along with her daughter returned to the Provost’s Office. The room was warm and lit by many candles. Marta carried some simple dresses, clothing donated for the poor, that would be warm and comfortable.  Rosina had heavy woolen socks and opened back slippers for everyone and an arm load of towels and small blankets.

Upon seeing her charges Marta was struck by the irony; they stood quiet and sullen in a semi-circle around the raging hearth. Marta felt ambivalent toward the entire situation. She knew these people. She did business with some of them. She saw them in church and at the market place. As far as she could tell they were faithful wives, good mothers and honest traders.  But they confessed to being witches earlier that day and the Word of the Church is true and sacred and to be obeyed. Marta had to consider her own immortal soul.  For now, they were her concern and she would treat them kindly with warmth and charity. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-14-13

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Alchemist Gift
:The bishop, Mayor Renaldi, Monsignor Petri and Father Silva dashed down the few steps of the dais and found shelter under the floorboards. The hail kept falling and began to pile up.  Out of breath and quite uncomfortable the bishop rested his back against one of the upright supports and surveyed his parishioners in their panic. Some, who had a grasp of the situation disappeared from the square and beat it back to the church and found refuge.

“I told you that today would not be very good for this thing.” Renaldi whined. “You can never trust these late fall showers.  Everyone will surely remember this day.” His voice overflowed with irony. The touchstone for his re-election was now a millstone. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-12-13

Alchemist Gift

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Alchemist Gift – The bishop and mayor sat. Mayor Renaldi gave the bishop a smug smile then rubbed his palms together. DiMars made a hand gesture to the guard standing next to a wrought iron brazier. The guard reached into a small barrel and pulled out an unlit torch. He passed the resin soaked rag that was wrapped around the end of the wooden handle, over the flame in the brazier; the rag caught immediately and sent a sooty black stream into the air. The bishop nodded again and the guard went to his assigned spot. In a dark epiphany the guard  realize,  as he held the flame to the wood and looked into the teary eyes of the woman tied to the stake before him, what he was about to do. He looked away from those eyes and felt a jolt of revulsion pass through his body, but held his continence fast. Being an obedient young man he carried out the order also knowing he would remember this day for the rest of his life. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-10-13

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The bishop, mayor, monsignor and Father Eduardo watched the coach pass through the town’s gates and out of sight.

Mayor Renaldi spoke in a low tone to the men. “It’s not good that the contessa left, she should have stayed. The people haven’t seen her for a long time.”

“She made her appearance. Who could blame such a beautiful woman wanting to leave after being spit on by a condemned hag?”

“You make a good point monsignor.” agreed the bishop.

“It is all so sordid.” added the priest. His comment was benign enough to be interpreted by the others to suit their needs. Father Eduardo actually referred to the selfish and cruel and duopolistic acts that were given a veil of righteousness and legality by his superiors. All those accusations and lies that gave birth to this inhuman spectacle sickened him. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-09-13

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– Before Maria Lillo could continue, the guard had his arm around her neck and his hand over her mouth. He forced her to the ground and onto her back. He put his boot on her throat. Maria looked up at him with a serene, almost dreamy expression on her face. The guard looked to the bishop for direction. The bishop, who was still drying his face, looked at the guard then down at Maria Lillo with an intense and cruel stare. Bishop DiMars gave a chilling nod. The guard slowly brought the weight of his body down until he felt the delicate cartilage of her throat collapse with a hollow crack. He kept his foot there until the bishop gave a wave of his hand. When he took his boot away Maria painfully gasped for air. With the help of another guard they jerked her to her feet. The two took turns beating her with their fists. This drew an approving murmur from the crowd. The two men dragged the bloodied and barely conscious prisoner to the stake. They tied her so tight she could barely breathe. Eventually she passed out and her head slumped forward. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-05-13

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The sergeant grabbed Angelina and tried to stand her up. Angelina’s head lolled back and forth and each time the guard lifted the sparrow of a woman to her feet her legs would buckle. After three attempts the sergeant laid the woman on her back, knelt down and felt her neck for a pulse. He looked up at the clergymen, the mayor and the contessa. And mouthed the word: “dead.” The bishop gave a nod and hand gesture for the body to be removed but just as quickly rescinded it. He  thought for a second and shared his epiphany: “May our heavenly father forgive this poor creature, as that coward Satan has killed her right here before us and snatched away her soul before I could grant her absolution. At her trial she admitted her guilt and I know she was repentant and eager to be forgiven. As Satan snared her soul and made her his slave, if any of you fall to your weaknesses Satan will be there waiting. It is all of our duties to be vigilant, to be on the lookout for the signs of the devil.” Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy – 02-03-13

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As the men spoke the contessa sat aloof, not out of apathy for the poor souls at her feet but more to create an emotional distance. She bided her time and thought of when it would be right for her to leave.  She held the goblet of water and took a sip now and then. She cast a sad look on the three women. Two were standing with their heads lowered, the third, the weakest one; the one who needed help from the dungeon had already sunk to her knees and was slumped forward in the prayer position of a good Mohammedan.

The crowd started to chat and move about, some of the young people crept closer to get a better look at the three women who were already tied to the stake. Some of the boys went through a number of machinations to spy the nakedness of Monica Longo. The guards chased them back.  The disappointed boys returned to their families without even a glance. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-02-13

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Alchemist Gift
– The bishop was visibly angered. “You will address me! It is you who were found guilty, not Luigi or Sandro.  You would be just as guilty if your neighbor was not related to the good monsignor. You were seen near Luigi’s pasture waving a willow wand in the direction of his dairy cows.  For the next six weeks the cows could only give sour milk. Luigi was almost ruined. He could make no cheese or butter. You were seen not only by Luigi and two of his workers but also by Sandro.”

“Curious I would be seen by both men. When is it the work of the devil to dowse for water? Further, if you feed your cattle nothing but scallion and garlic the milk they give will smell rancid, will it not?” Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-01-13

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Alchemist Gift
– The bishop consulted his list and read off the second name: “Aurora Tocini! You are guilty of consorting with Satan through one of his familiars known to be a large black cat. You have also been seen summoning spirits, speaking and answering when no one could be seen.”

All the time the bishop was reading off the offenses, Aurora Tocini, a woman in her early sixties, stood with her head nodding involuntarily. She mumbled under her breath, then, called out some gibberish. Read more


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