The Cry at Midnight
"This isn't a mental institution?" gasped Penny, regretting that her curiosity ever had taken her inside the grounds.
"No, my child," responded the monk. "Winkey should have explained. We have opened up the old monastery for the purpose of restoring an ancient order in which members dedicate themselves to a life of poverty, good will, and charity."
"The one you call Old Julia--she also is a member?"
The monk sighed deeply. "Old Julia is only an unfortunate whose twisted mind never can be healed by doctors. Because she had no home--no friends, I have taken her beneath my roof."
"I see," nodded Penny. "I'm very sorry to have troubled you."
"A natural mistake, my child. Is there anything else you wish to know? We have no secrets here--only serene faith and hope for a better world."
"I might inquire your name."
"Members of my flock call me Father Benedict. My baptismal name is Jay Highland. And yours?"
"Penny Parker. My