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Date Posted: Wed, December 06 2023, 17:15:30
Author: kgp
Subject: QOTD for Thursday, December 7, 2023

The following quotation is from Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon. Copyright 2003 all rights reserved Chapter 4 A Valet Calls

“Now, we can’t be knowing for certain as a sinner’s soul has gone to hell,” the priest objected, suddenly seeing the prospects of a fee for burying O’Connell receding. “God’s ways are beyond the ken of us poor men, and for all any of us knows, poor Tim O’Connell repented of his wickedness at the last, made a perfect Act of Contrition, and was taken straight up to paradise in the arms of the angels!”

“Excellent.” Grey leapt on this incautious speculation like a leopard on its prey. “If he is in paradise, he is still less in need of earthly intervention. So - “ he bowed punctiliously to the Scanlons and their priest - “according to you, the deceased may be either damned or saved, but is surely in one of those two conditions. Whereas you” - he turned to Miss Stokes - “are of the opinion that Tim O’Connell is perhaps in some intermediate state where intercessory actions might be efficacious?”

Miss Sokes regarded him for a moment, her mouth hanging slightly open.

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[> I really appreciate the theological discussions Diana sprinkles into the stories. -- kgp, Wed, December 06 2023, 17:37:24

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[> [> Me too, but I’m like Miss Sokes until I reread a couple times. Lol -- Kathy in PA, Thu, December 07 2023, 3:37:30

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