Mercy Not Sacrifice by Dan Parks - Chapter 21
Johnnie is back in St. Michael’s Church for Grandpa John’s funeral. During the homily of Simon the Priest he rises from his seat as Lore appears. On his way down the aisle he falls, but is picked back up by an old friend.
In the lobby, Johnnie comes to know the origin of his problems and he escapes to the church basement and into the bathroom. Behind the closed door he realizes that his hurt has came from himself. Lore’s haunting is his own doing, his cutting is his own action, and his retreat is causing his own harm.
He makes a decision that changes the direction of his life.