This for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers.

Ever since the bank had gone to the wall and its officials defrocked and imprisoned, the Pope had been exploring ways to maintain the flow of money to fund the church’s on-going drive to convert the heathen and to guarantee the comfortable lifestyle of the Vatican hierarchy. It was no surprise then that the Third Vatican Council called on all parishioners to pray for ideas about fund-raising as part of their spiritual routine.

The gentle folk of the parish of Birkenstock-under-Willow suggested selling genuine relics of the True Cross. They assured their bishop they had an abundant supply.

Bless them!

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21 Responses to Bless

  1. pattisj says:

    Can’t they just have a bake sale like everyone else? 😉 It’s going to be an oven where they are headed.

  2. Sarah Ann says:

    Love that almost breathless first sentence. And lovely to know that the villagers are coming to the church’s rescue once again. Don’t they know that one’s been tried before?

  3. Dear patrick,

    You have, wittingly or unwittingly, encapsulated all of religion in one hundred spare and truth filled words. Very good job.



  4. Dear Patrick,

    Loved this on so many levels. It has a biting edge that made me smile.



  5. julespaige says:

    Fun read. I agree with everyone else – You really did a good capture of the whole photo. Well done.

  6. But their relics can’t be genuine because mine are! Doubtless so often true throughout history; love those “gentle folk!”

  7. Hi Patrick,
    Interesting story with a dark side and some scathing political commentary on the current state of the church. Ron

  8. summerstommy2 says:

    Fantastic Patrick, you made me laugh at the end. What a great idea and what cynicism you allude to about relics. Love it.

  9. I love the Birkenstock-under-willow name. Is this where they are getting their stock of pieces of the “True Cross”?

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