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There is a man whose name I didnt know but whose words Ill never forget A nameless face among a crowd of nameless faces distinct only by his words of inspiring wisdom It was a Sunday morning the Lords morning A gathering of faithful Catholics filled the church with the same solemn obligation like to many Sundays before That day we were told that the priest was away therefore volunteer speakers would be responsible for the days mass It was a pretty ordinary thing so I knew what to expect A few people discussed a particular passage of the bible they felt carried significance in their lives Some brought forth stories they believed strengthened their faith in the Bible and reassured their belief in God After twenty minutes or so the coordinator asked for any last volunteers for the day Being only ten years old I prayed that no one would volunteer I was steadily becoming uneasy and could hardly remain seated Yet to my disappointment one last hand arose from the crowd A man I had never seen in church before and so far gone all day without noticing stood from his seat and made his way to the alterNow maybe it was bad lighting or just childish imagination but to this day I would almost swear the light itself feared his face Every beautiful flicker of the candle that so dared the revealed the color of his eyes or the features or his face seemed to shrivel and fall to his heals Not to say he was a frightening man but more like a familiar one Like a man youve seen a thousand times but only just looked at Through the shadows he appeared no more than thirty or thirty-five yet carried with him the look of a man whod seen many hard days Why are you here he asked after reaching the podium His voice was strong but fluid So strong in
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