While we're busy here on deadlines author M.J. Rose was kind enough to stop by and fill in for us. For those of you who don't know M.J.—could there really be anyone out there who doesn't know the fabulous Ms. Rose? — she's the author of seven novels including the newly released Lying in Bed. M.J. will be giving away five free copies of Lying in Bed during the month of June. Drop her a note at MJRoseAuthor@aol.com to be entered into the drawing.
When We Lie To Tell the Truth by M.J. Rose
It was a blistering hot day in July and I'd walked to the top of a hill to visit a 17th century convent and it's chapel. By the time I'd reached the oversized wooden doors, I was hot and tired.
Inside was a silent oasis of cool air and dark shadows.
According to the guidebook, this small church was where the convent nuns came to celebrate mass. Now, years later, it was a tourist destination in an remote area in the Italian countryside where few tourists visited.
I'm not religious but I am an art lover and the chapel was a gem that boasted a lustrous altar painting of the Virgin Mary and a glorious stained glass window that washed the interior in lavender light.
To the right of the entryway, a carved wooden confessional stood like a sentry. It might have been sacrilegious but I pulled open the door and went inside the tiny enclosure. The air smelled musty and I wondered how long it had been since anyone had knelt where I was kneeling. Putting my hand up to decorative grille, I felt the intercrossed metal design with my fingertips and whispered the words that, although were not part of my religion, were familiar to me as they are to most of us.
"Forgive me father for I have sinned."