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  • Writer's pictureLinda Odhner, with photos by Liz Kufs

Excerpted Inspirations #65

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

        Later on, as we carried the hassocks back to the church and put them in our pew, my aunt said, reflectively, looking around the empty church: "I  never come in here that I don't remember how Grandmother used to say the Creed, loud and strong -- she always spoke up so clear: 'From thence he shall come and judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of saints; the Forgiveness of sins --' and then she'd stop dead, while everybody went on, 'the Resurrection of the body:' and then she'd chime in again, 'and the Life everlasting.  Amen.'  You  couldn't help noticing it, she took the greatest pains you should.  But if anybody said anything she  always snapped back that she didn't believe in the resurrection of the body, and she wasn't going to say she did.  Sometimes the ministers would get wrought up, especially the young ones, and one of them went to the Bishop about it, but nobody ever did anything.  What could you do?  And  Grandmother went right on saying the  Creed that way to the day of her death.”    -Dorothy Canfield, "Almera Hawley  Canfield" (1921), in A Harvest of Stories (1956),  p. 67  Photo by Page Morahan

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