Image copyright: David Stewart

Image copyright: David Stewart

They ignored the people smugglers, made their way across unfriendly borders, memories of overcrowded leaking boats behind them.

A local man, a blacksmith maybe, or a bus driver – they weren’t even sure of the country they were in let alone what language was being spoken – found them hiding in some disused stables, didn’t turn them in, brought food and water, blankets, nappies for the infant, encouraged close friends to do likewise.

It was the priest who betrayed them, partly because he was part of the system, partly because he was troubled by parallels with a much older story.

Written in response to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word challenge found here.

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36 Responses to Sanctuary

  1. It’s so terrible when those we should be able to trust betray us because of their own problems. Sad story, but well written, Patrick. —- Suzanne

  2. rgayer55 says:

    A modern day Pharisee. Outstanding piece this week, Patrick.

  3. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Patrick,

    Oh, wicked, wicked priest and writer, too, for crafting such a thought provoking story. I love it. Timely, well written and on point. Good job.



  4. Patrick, you did a lovely job with a subject of such complexity. A thought-provoking piece.


  5. It’s never easy, neither is it black or white. We can only hope we make the best choice under any circumstance. Great story.

  6. This is such a relevant story these days; I saw something very similar on the news this evening. Great job.

  7. Such a topical, moving story! That the priest betrayed them is telling. Beautiful acts of kindness shown by the local man in the story — reminds me of so many people in Europe today, who are doing the right thing, in spite of the system.

    • What’s happening is an unfolding tragedy for a lot of people and most of us are helpless when it comes to addressing the real issues.

      • Yes, so true! Heartbreaking, and frustrating, because we want to do good in the world, and either don’t have the means, or don’t know how to go about creating the infrastructure for it all.

  8. One priest who not got a place reserved up there. A sad tale of our times
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  9. Wow. What a powerful story. Yes there are parallels there for sure and topical.

  10. ceayr says:

    Terrific piece, Patrick.

  11. Well done. I wish it hadn’t been the priest, though.

  12. ansumani says:

    Doing the right thing means different things to different people. Nicely done touching piece.

  13. gahlearner says:

    It’s what’s on all our minds these days, I think. Very powerful story.

  14. Sandra says:

    Stunning one this week Patrick! Well done.

  15. Dear Patrick,

    In times like those it’s hard to know who to trust. Powerfully well done.



  16. micklively says:

    Never, ever trust a priest.
    Good piece.

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