|Crucifixion on the Coast|
|Umm, thanks. You can stop now.|
His mom had a pretty hard time seeing him there in Church in a frayed, threadbare habit, looking more like a freeloader than a friar. (Yes, there is a difference, even if we're talking about mendicant friars.) She gave him money to buy a new habit. James, however, got permission from his prior to buy a crucifix for his cell instead. When his mom saw him in the same old rag, she called him on it. He replied that Saint Paul told us to 'put on the Lord Jesus,' so that was the habit he wore. Smart ass kid.
|This is indefensibly wrong|
But the purchase of the crucifix proved to be a very good investment. In a period of spiritual crisis, he knelt in prayer before it. In a scene worthy of South Park, the crucifix spurted blood onto his face and James heard the voice of Jesus saying "This Blood is the sign of your Salvation." No one could argue with a sign like that.