The Confession of Brother Haluin

The Confession of Brother Haluin

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When a monk survives a tragic injury, he enlists Brother Cadfael to help him right the wrongs revealed in his deathbed confession Winter arrived early in 1142, bringing with it a heavy snowfall. The safety of the guest-hall roof at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul comes into jeopardy, and the brothers are called upon to effect repairs. But the icy and treacherous conditions are to prove near fatal for Brother Haluin. He slips from the roof and crashes to the ground, sustaining terrible injuries—grave enough for him to want to make his deathbed confession. The confession is heard by the abbot and Brother Cadfael; a wicked story, of trespasses hard for God or man to forgive. But Haluin does not die. On his recovery, he determines to make a journey of expiation, with Cadfael as his sole companion. It is an arduous journey, physically and emotionally, and one that leads to some shocking discoveries.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, MysteriousPress.com/Open Road,, 2014
ISBN: 9781497671478
1497671477
Characteristics: 1 online resource (223 pages)

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EuSei Sep 14, 2015

"No," said Haluin tranquilly. "No need. There behind me all is well. All is very well. There is nothing now for me to do there, everything where I am bound. We are sister and brother now. We ask nothing more, we want nothing more. Now I can bring a whole heart to God. I'm glad beyond measure that He cast me down to raise me renewed to His service."

EuSei Sep 14, 2015

The oval face shone serene, as she celebrated with joy the mercy of God, after years. Without any lingering regret; her contentment was without blemish. The vocation she had undertaken unblessed, and labored at against the grain, perhaps, all these years, surely reached its true wholeness only now, in the revelation of grace. She would not have turned back now even for that first love. There was no need. There are seasons of love. Theirs had passes beyond the storms of spring and the heat of summer into the golden calm of the first autumn days, before the leaves begin to fall.

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EuSei Sep 14, 2015

Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter's nom de plume) presents us here with another delightful story, at times sad, at times very touching--especially its ending. You will walk with Haluin and Cadfael through the roads of England (still torn by the conflict between Matilda and Stephen for the crown), the first plodding painfully in crutches, the other accompanying him in this pilgrimage of redemption--and much discovery. The whole mystery you will quickly unveil, yet, Pargeter had such talent for telling stories, everything is so perfectly and expertly unwound, you will not mind the actual lack of a mystery!
(I recommend everyone enjoying the "Cadfael" series to read book 16, "A Rare Benedictine," that tells the story of Cadfael entry into monastic life.)

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