Thoughts of a Funeral

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic
The introduction to a series of stories that I am working on. My English teacher loved it.

Submitted: April 13, 2011

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As the massive waves approached the Boston Harbor, newly appointed Archbishop Robert Boggio looked on from his window. It was what you might consider a gloomy day, the temperature was 56 degrees, but felt like 42. The sky was over-cast, and the Atlantic was churning. The archbishop was reflecting on the funeral he was about to say.
The funeral was not for just anybody, it was for the Archbishop Emeritus of Boston, Cardinal Timothy Moritz. The Funeral Mass for the beloved Archbishop was expected to be attended by thousands of family, friends, politicians, and the faithful. The Holy Father himself was to be watching it on a television broadcast in the Vatican. Archbishop Boggio was very nervous, a sort of nervous he had never felt before. Boggio was nervous because this was his first major Mass as the archbishop, and well, he wasn’t the most interesting homilist in the world. Not to mention, he did have the eyes of the Pope on him.
Archbishop Boggio ultimately regrets agreeing to say this Mass. In his head he is thinking about situations such as a line flub. After all, he wants to leave a good impression on his new diocese. As he looks at his watch he sees that he now must head to the cathedral.
Upon arrival to the majestic cathedral, he makes his way to the sacristy to put on his vestments. While vesting, his newly appointed assistant, Msgr. Fr. Roland Codwell enters the sacristy. Looking for advice, Archbishop Boggio tells Fr. Roland about his regrets. Fr. Roland responds, “Don’t you remember, you decided that this would be a traditional Latin Mass, if make a line flub, no one will notice.” And so, Archbishop Boggio celebrated the Mass with his new diocese and made no mistakes. This could be the start of many things to come for one man.
 


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