Oblivisci per Mortem

In a large white bed, Samuel’s body rests. He exists as a brittle and empty frame of what could’ve been; eyes finally closed in front of a mind that has been shuttered to the outside for over a decade.

With great irony, the prayer begins at the end. Quite the sense of humor for a God: the priest begins, “May the lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” In that moment, a strange wind finds its way into Samuel’s lungs bringing his still body back into the world.