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They provide instruction for simple folk, decoration for divine worship, continuity of religious practice.

They make it possible to tell genuine Christians from their false or heretical counterparts. But the chief element of divine worship must be interior. For we must always live in Christ and give ourselves to Him completely, so that in Him, with Him and through Him the heavenly Father may be duly glorified.

The sacred liturgy requires, however, that both of these elements be intimately linked with each another. This recommendation the liturgy itself is careful to repeat, as often as it prescribes an exterior act of worship. Thus we are urged, when there is question of fasting, for example, "to give interior effect to our outward observance.

You recall, Venerable Brethren, how the divine Master expels from the sacred temple, as unworthily to worship there, people who pretend to honor God with nothing but neat and wellturned phrases, like actors in a theater, and think themselves perfectly capable of working out their eternal salvation without plucking their inveterate vices from their hearts.

She wants them present in crowds - like the children whose joyous cries accompanied His entry into Jerusalem - to sing their hymns and chant their song of praise and thanksgiving to Him who is King of Kings and Source of every blessing. She would have them move their lips in prayer, sometimes in petition, sometimes in joy and gratitude, and in this way experience His merciful aid and power like the apostles at the lakeside of Tiberias, or abandon themselves totally, like Peter on Mount Tabor, to mystic union with the eternal God in contemplation.

It is an error, consequently, and a mistake to think of the sacred liturgy as merely the outward or visible part of divine worship or as an ornamental ceremonial. No less erroneous is the notion that it consists solely in a list of laws and prescriptions according to which the ecclesiastical hierarchy orders the sacred rites to be performed.

It should be clear to all, then, that God cannot be honored worthily unless the mind and heart turn to Him in quest of the perfect life, and that the worship rendered to God by the Church in union with her divine Head is the most efficacious means of achieving sanctity. This efficacy, where there is question of the eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments, derives first of all and principally from the act itself ex opere operato. But if one considers the part which the Immaculate Spouse of Jesus Christ takes in the action, embellishing the sacrifice and sacraments with prayer and sacred ceremonies, or if one refers to the "sacramentals" and the other rites instituted by the hierarchy of the Church, then its effectiveness is due rather to the action of the church ex opere operantis Ecclesiae , inasmuch as she is holy and acts always in closest union with her Head.

In this connection, Venerable Brethren, We desire to direct your attention to certain recent theories touching a so-called "objective" piety. While these theories attempt, it is true, to throw light on the mystery of the Mystical Body, on the effective reality of sanctifying grace, on the action of God in the sacraments and in the Mass, it is nonetheless apparent that they tend to belittle, or pass over in silence, what they call "subjective," or "personal" piety. It is an unquestionable fact that the work of our redemption is continued, and that its fruits are imparted to us, during the celebration of the liturgy, notable in the august sacrifice of the altar.

Christ acts each day to save us, in the sacraments and in His holy sacrifice. By means of them He is constantly atoning for the sins of mankind, constantly consecrating it to God.

Sacraments and sacrifice do, then, possess that "objective" power to make us really and personally sharers in the divine life of Jesus Christ.

Not from any ability of our own, but by the power of God, are they endowed with the capacity to unite the piety of members with that of the head, and to make this, in a sense, the action of the whole community. From these profund considerations some are led to conclude that all Christian piety must be centered in the mystery of the Mystical Body of Christ, with no regard for what is "personal" or "subjective, as they would have it.

As a result they feel that all other religious exercises not directly connected with the sacred liturgy, and performed outside public worship should be omitted. But though the principles set forth above are excellent, it must be plain to everyone that the conclusions drawn from them respecting two sorts of piety are false, insidious and quite pernicious.

Very truly, the sacraments and the sacrifice of the altar, being Christ's own actions, must be held to be capable in themselves of conveying and dispensing grace from the divine Head to the members of the Mystical Body.

But if they are to produce their proper effect, it is absolutely necessary that our hearts be properly disposed to receive them. Hence the warning of Paul the Apostle with reference to holy communion, "But let a man first prove himself; and then let him eat of this bread and drink of the chalice. Augustine's words, "the fountain of grace itself. It follows that they are strictly required to put their own lips to the fountain, imbibe and absorb for themselves the life-giving water, and rid themselves personally of anything that might hinder its nutritive effect in their souls.

Emphatically, therefore, the work of redemption, which in itself is independent of our will, requires a serious interior effort on our part if we are to achieve eternal salvation. If the private and interior devotion of individuals were to neglect the august sacrifice of the altar and the sacraments, and to withdraw them from the stream of vital energy that flows from Head to members, it would indeed be sterile, and deserve to be condemned.

But when devotional exercises, and pious practices in general, not strictly connected with the sacred liturgy, confine themselves to merely human acts, with the express purpose of directing these latter to the Father in heaven, of rousing people to repentance and holy fear of God, of weaning them from the seductions of the world and its vice, and leading them back to the difficult path of perfection, then certainly such practices are not only highly praiseworthy but absolutely indispensable, because they expose the dangers threatening the spiritual life; because they promote the acquisition of virtue; and because they increase the fervor and generosity with which we are bound to dedicate all that we are and all that we have to the service of Jesus Christ.

Genuine and real piety, which the Angelic Doctor calls "devotion," and which is the principal act of the virtue of religion - that act which correctly relates and fitly directs men to God; and by which they freely and spontaneously give themselves to the worship of God in its fullest sense[33] - piety of this authentic sort needs meditation on the supernatural realities and spiritual exercises, if it is to be nurtured, stimulated and sustained, and if it is to prompt us to lead a more perfect life.

For the Christian religion, practiced as it should be, demands that the will especially be consecrated to God and exert its influence on all the other spiritual faculties. But every act of the will presupposes an act of the intelligence, and before one can express the desire and the intention of offering oneself in sacrifice to the eternal Godhead, a knowledge of the facts and truths which make religion a duty is altogether necessary.


One must first know, for instance, man's last end and the supremacy of the Divine Majesty; after that, our common duty of submission to our Creator; and, finally, the inexhaustible treasures of love with which God yearns to enrich us, as well as the necessity of supernatural grace for the achievement of our destiny, and that special path marked out for us by divine Providence in virtue of the fact that we have been united, one and all, like members of a body, to Jesus Christ the Head.

But further, since our hearts, disturbed as they are at times by the lower appetites, do not always respond to motives of love, it is also extremely helpful to let consideration and contemplation of the justice of God provoke us on occasion to salutary fear, and guide us thence to Christian humility, repentance and amendment. But it will not do to possess these facts and truths after the fashion of an abstract memory lesson or lifeless commentary. They must lead to practical results. They must impel us to subject our senses and their faculties to reason, as illuminated by the Catholic faith.

They must help to cleanse and purify the heart, uniting it to Christ more intimately every day, growing ever more to His likeness, and drawing from Him the divine inspiration and strength of which it stands in need.

They must serve as increasingly effective incentives to action: urging men to produce good fruit, to perform their individual duties faithfully, to give themselves eagerly to the regular practice of their religion and the energetic exercise of virtue. Here is the source of the harmony and equilibrium which prevails among the members of the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ. When the Church teaches us our Catholic faith and exhorts us to obey the commandments of Christ, she is paving a way for her priestly, sanctifying action in its highest sense; she disposes us likewise for more serious meditation on the life of the divine Redeemer and guides us to profounder knowledge of the mysteries of faith where we may draw the supernatural sustenance, strength and vitality that enable us to progress safely, through Christ, towards a more perfect life.

Not only through her ministers but with the help of the faithful individually, who have imbibed in this fashion the spirit of Christ, the Church endeavors to permeate with this same spirit the life and labors of men - their private and family life, their social, even economic and political life - that all who are called God's children may reach more readily the end He has proposed for them.

Such action on the part of individual Christians, then, along with the ascetic effort promoting them to purify their hearts, actually stimulates in the faithful those energies which enable them to participate in the august sacrifice of the altar with better dispositions. They now can receive the sacraments with more abundant fruit, and come from the celebration of the sacred rites more eager, more firmly resolved to pray and deny themselves like Christians, to answer the inspirations and invitation of divine grace and to imitate daily more closely the virtues of our Redeemer.

And all of this not simply for their own advantage, but for that of the whole Church, where whatever good is accomplished proceeds from the power of her Head and redounds to the advancement of all her members.

In the spiritual life, consequently, there can be no opposition between the action of God, who pours forth His grace into men's hearts so that the work of the redemption may always abide, and the tireless collaboration of man, who must not render vain the gift of God.

Similarly, no conflict exists between public prayer and prayers in private, between morality and contemplation, between the ascetical life and devotion to the liturgy. Finally, there is no opposition between the jurisdiction and teaching office of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, and the specifically priestly power exercised in the sacred ministry. Considering their special designation to perform the liturgical functions of the holy sacrifice and divine office, the Church has serious reason for prescribing that the ministers she assigns to the service of the sanctuary and members of religious institutes betake themselves at stated times to mental prayer, to examination of conscience, and to various other spiritual exercises.

But this superior worth does not at all imply contrast or incompatibility between these two kinds of prayer. For both merge harmoniously in the single spirit which animates them, "Christ is all and in all. For a better and more accurate understanding of the sacred liturgy another of its characteristic features, no less important, needs to be considered. The Church is a society, and as such requires an authority and hierarchy of her own. Though it is true that all the members of the Mystical Body partake of the same blessings and pursue the same objective, they do not all enjoy the same powers, nor are they all qualified to perform the same acts.

The divine Redeemer has willed, as a matter of fact, that His Kingdom should be built and solidly supported, as it were, on a holy order, which resembles in some sort the heavenly hierarchy. Only to the apostles, and thenceforth to those on whom their successors have imposed hands, is granted the power of the priesthood, in virtue of which they represent the person of Jesus Christ before their people, acting at the same time as representatives of their people before God.

This priesthood is not transmitted by heredity or human descent. It does not emanate from the Christian community. It is not a delegation from the people. Prior to acting as representative of the community before the throne of God, the priest is the ambassador of the divine Redeemer. He is God's vice-gerent in the midst of his flock precisely because Jesus Christ is Head of that body of which Christians are the members.

The power entrusted to him, therefore, bears no natural resemblance to anything human. It is entirely supernatural. It comes from God. That is why the visible, external priesthood of Jesus Christ is not handed down indiscriminately to all members of the Church in general, but is conferred on designated men, through what may be called the spiritual generation of holy orders.

This latter, one of the seven sacraments, not only imparts the grace appropriate to the clerical function and state of life, but imparts an indelible "character" besides, indicating the sacred ministers' conformity to Jesus Christ the Priest and qualifying them to perform those official acts of religion by which men are sanctified and God is duly glorified in keeping with the divine laws and regulations.

In the same way, actually that baptism is the distinctive mark of all Christians, and serves to differentiate them from those who have not been cleansed in this purifying stream and consequently are not members of Christ, the sacrament of holy orders sets the priest apart from the rest of the faithful who have not received this consecration.

For they alone, in answer to an inward supernatural call, have entered the august ministry, where they are assigned to service in the sanctuary and become, as it were, the instruments God uses to communicate supernatural life from on high to the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ. Add to this, as We have noted above, the fact that they alone have been marked with the indelible sign "conforming" them to Christ the Priest, and that their hands alone have been consecrated "in order that whatever they bless may be blessed, whatever they consecrate may become sacred and holy, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"[43] Let all, then, who would live in Christ flock to their priests.

By them they will be supplied with the comforts and food of the spiritual life. From them they will procure the medicine of salvation assuring their cure and happy recovery from the fatal sickness of their sins. The priest, finally, will bless their homes, consecrate their families and help them, as they breathe their last, across the threshold of eternal happiness. Since, therefore, it is the priest chiefly who performs the sacred liturgy in the name of the Church, its organization, regulation and details cannot but be subject to Church authority.

This conclusion, based on the nature of Christian worship itself, is further confirmed by the testimony of history. Additional proof of this indefeasible right of the ecclesiastical hierarchy lies in the circumstances that the sacred liturgy is intimately bound up with doctrinal propositions which the Church proposes to be perfectly true and certain, and must as a consequence conform to the decrees respecting Catholic faith issued by the supreme teaching authority of the Church with a view to safeguarding the integrity of the religion revealed by God.

On this subject We judge it Our duty to rectify an attitude with which you are doubtless familiar, Venerable Brethren. We refer to the error and fallacious reasoning of those who have claimed that the sacred liturgy is a kind of proving ground for the truths to be held of faith, meaning by this that the Church is obliged to declare such a doctrine sound when it is found to have produced fruits of piety and sanctity through the sacred rites of the liturgy, and to reject it otherwise.

Hence the epigram, "Lex orandi, lex credendi" - the law for prayer is the law for faith. But this is not what the Church teaches and enjoins.

The worship she offers to God, all good and great, is a continuous profession of Catholic faith and a continuous exercise of hope and charity, as Augustine puts it tersely. The entire liturgy, therefore, has the Catholic faith for its content, inasmuch as it bears public witness to the faith of the Church. For this reason, whenever there was question of defining a truth revealed by God, the Sovereign Pontiff and the Councils in their recourse to the "theological sources," as they are called, have not seldom drawn many an argument from this sacred science of the liturgy.

Similarly during the discussion of a doubtful or controversial truth, the Church and the Holy Fathers have not failed to look to the age-old and age-honored sacred rites for enlightenment.

Hence the well-known and venerable maxim, "Legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi" - let the rule for prayer determine the rule of belief. More properly, since the liturgy is also a profession of eternal truths, and subject, as such, to the supreme teaching authority of the Church, it can supply proofs and testimony, quite clearly, of no little value, towards the determination of a particular point of Christian doctrine. But if one desires to differentiate and describe the relationship between faith and the sacred liturgy in absolute and general terms, it is perfectly correct to say, "Lex credendi legem statuat supplicandi" - let the rule of belief determine the rule of prayer.

The same holds true for the other theological virtues also, "In. From time immemorial the ecclesiastical hierarchy has exercised this right in matters liturgical. It has organized and regulated divine worship, enriching it constantly with new splendor and beauty, to the glory of God and the spiritual profit of Christians.

What is more, it has not been slow - keeping the substance of the Mass and sacraments carefully intact - to modify what it deemed not altogether fitting, and to add what appeared more likely to increase the honor paid to Jesus Christ and the august Trinity, and to instruct and stimulate the Christian people to greater advantage. The sacred liturgy does, in fact, include divine as well as human elements. The former, instituted as they have been by God, cannot be changed in any way by men.

But the human components admit of various modifications, as the needs of the age, circumstance and the good of souls may require, and as the ecclesiastical hierarchy, under guidance of the Holy Spirit, may have authorized.

This will explain the marvelous variety of Eastern and Western rites. Here is the reason for the gradual addition, through successive development, of particular religious customs and practices of piety only faintly discernible in earlier times.

Hence likewise it happens from time to time that certain devotions long since forgotten are revived and practiced anew. All these developments attest the abiding life of the immaculate Spouse of Jesus Christ through these many centuries.

They are the sacred language she uses, as the ages run their course, to profess to her divine Spouse her own faith along with that of the nations committed to her charge, and her own unfailing love.

They furnish proof, besides, of the wisdom of the teaching method she employs to arouse and nourish constantly the "Christian instinct. Several causes, really have been instrumental in the progress and development of the sacred liturgy during the long and glorious life of the Church.

Thus, for example, as Catholic doctrine on the Incarnate Word of God, the eucharistic sacrament and sacrifice, and Mary the Virgin Mother of God came to be determined with greater certitude and clarity, new ritual forms were introduced through which the acts of the liturgy proceeded to reproduce this brighter light issuing from the decrees of the teaching authority of the Church, and to reflect it, in a sense so that it might reach the minds and hearts of Christ's people more readily.

The subsequent advances in ecclesiastical discipline for the administering of the sacraments, that of penance for example; the institution and later suppression of the catechumenate; and again, the practice of eucharistic communion under a single species, adopted in the Latin Church; these developments were assuredly responsible in no little measure for the modification of the ancient ritual in the course of time, and for the gradual introduction of new rites considered more in accord with prevailing discipline in these matters.

Just as notable a contribution to this progressive transformation was made by devotional trends and practices not directly related to the sacred liturgy, which began to appear, by God's wonderful design, in later periods, and grew to be so popular. We may instance the spread and ever mounting ardor of devotion to the Blessed Eucharist, devotion to the most bitter passion of our Redeemer, devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, to the Virgin Mother of God and to her most chaste spouse.

Other manifestations of piety have also played their circumstantial part in this same liturgical development. Among them may be cited the public pilgrimages to the tombs of the martyrs prompted by motives of devotion, the special periods of fasting instituted for the same reason, and lastly, in this gracious city of Rome, the penitential recitation of the litanies during the "station" processions, in which even the Sovereign Pontiff frequently joined.

It is likewise easy to understand that the progress of the fine arts, those of architecture, painting and music above all, has exerted considerable influence on the choice and disposition of the various external features of the sacred liturgy. The Church has further used her right of control over liturgical observance to protect the purity of divine worship against abuse from dangerous and imprudent innovations introduced by private individuals and particular churches.

Thus it came about - during the 16th century, when usages and customs of this sort had become increasingly prevalent and exaggerated, and when private initiative in matters liturgical threatened to compromise the integrity of faith and devotion, to the great advantage of heretics and further spread of their errors - that in the year , Our predecessor Sixtus V of immortal memory established the Sacred Congregation of Rites, charged with the defense of the legitimate rites of the Church and with the prohibition of any spurious innovation.

It follows from this that the Sovereign Pontiff alone enjoys the right to recognize and establish any practice touching the worship of God, to introduce and approve new rites, as also to modify those he judges to require modification.

For the same reason no private person has any authority to regulate external practices of this kind, which are intimately bound up with Church discipline and with the order, unity and concord of the Mystical Body and frequently even with the integrity of Catholic faith itself. The Church is without question a living organism, and as an organism, in respect of the sacred liturgy also, she grows, matures, develops, adapts and accommodates herself to temporal needs and circumstances, provided only that the integrity of her doctrine be safeguarded.

This notwithstanding, the temerity and daring of those who introduce novel liturgical practices, or call for the revival of obsolete rites out of harmony with prevailing laws and rubrics, deserve severe reproof. It has pained Us grievously to note, Venerable Brethren, that such innovations are actually being introduced, not merely in minor details but in matters of major importance as well. We instance, in point of fact, those who make use of the vernacular in the celebration of the august eucharistic sacrifice; those who transfer certain feast-days - which have been appointed and established after mature deliberation - to other dates; those, finally, who delete from the prayerbooks approved for public use the sacred texts of the Old Testament, deeming them little suited and inopportune for modern times.

The use of the Latin language, customary in a considerable portion of the Church, is a manifest and beautiful sign of unity, as well as an effective antidote for any corruption of doctrinal truth. In spite of this, the use of the mother tongue in connection with several of the rites may be of much advantage to the people.

But the Apostolic See alone is empowered to grant this permission. It is forbidden, therefore, to take any action whatever of this nature without having requested and obtained such consent, since the sacred liturgy, as We have said, is entirely subject to the discretion and approval of the Holy See.

The same reasoning holds in the case of some persons who are bent on the restoration of all the ancient rites and ceremonies indiscriminately. The liturgy of the early ages is most certainly worthy of all veneration. But ancient usage must not be esteemed more suitable and proper, either in its own right or in its significance for later times and new situations, on the simple ground that it carries the savor and aroma of antiquity.

Or felony theft. Why, I wondered, was he even bothering?

We were always going to be mediators first, whatever other careers we might choose. Look at Father Dominic. Oh sure, he had managed to keep his mediator status a secret. He really believes that his ability to see and speak to the dead is gift from God. The little blank bubbles in front of me grew decidedly blurry as my eyes filled up with tears. Oh, great. Now I was crying. But how could I help it? Here I was, my future laid out in front of me. Well, you know, pseudo-career, since we all know what myreal career was going to be.

But what about Jesse? What future didhe have? I reached up and dabbed at my eyes with the sleeve of my Miu Miu shirt. Jesse, I mean. Because I already knew all of that. Things were tough, I guess, even way back in the s. It was different then, Susannah.

I was different. I did think. It made perfect sense—at least to me. Just because of your dad? I could barely be spared from the ranch for a few days, let alone the years medical school would have taken. But I would have liked that, I think. Medical school. It would be more exciting to work in the sciences now, I think. But rather than clinging stubbornly to the past, as some would have, Jesse had followed along excitedly, reading whatever he could get his hands on, from paperback novels to encyclopedias.

He said he had a lot to catch up on. My stepdad, on the other hand, is more the cookbook type. But you get my drift. To Jesse, stuff that seems dry and uninteresting to me is vitally exciting. Sighing, I looked down at the hundreds of career options in front of me. And here I was, with every advantage in the world, and all I could think that I wanted to be when I grew up was. Well, with Jesse. It was a constant source of wonder and interest to me.

Only unlike Jesse, I actually had a chance todo something with my interest. Walden announced, startling me again. Ten more minutes. I looked down at my answer sheet, which was half empty. At the same time, I noticed CeeCee shooting me an anxious look from her desk beside mine. She nodded to the sheet. Get to work , her violet eyes urged me.

I picked up my pencil and began to haphazardly fill in bubbles. Without Jesse, Ihad no future. Of course, with him, I had no future, either.

What was he going to do, anyway? Follow me to college? To my first job? My first apartment? Paul was right. Stupid to have fallen in love with a ghost. Stupid to think we had any kind of future together. Walden pulled his feet from the top of his desk. Then pass your answer sheets to the front.

Walden had dismissed us for lunch. Because my dad was everything that was good. And Paul is everything that. So long as you can find a precedent. I could easily see Paul as a lawyer. I was thinking more along the lines of a social worker. Or a therapist. It was the reason I was so bleary-eyed and tired today. Not about Paul, but about what Paul had made me read aloud earlier that day: The fourth dimension. The very word caused the hairs on my arms to stand up, even though it was another typically beautiful autumn day in Carmel and not cold at all.

Could it really be true? Was such a thing even possible? Could mediators—or shifters, as Paul and his grandfather insisted on calling us— travel through time as well as between the realms of the living and the dead? And if—a big if—itwere true, what on earth did itmean? More important, why had Paul been so intent on making sure I knew about it?

Trouble sleeping? Suddenly, I was just very tired of Paul and his games. And I decided to call him on the latest one. Took you long enough. We were standing in the shade of the breezeway, it was true, but just a few feet away in the Mission courtyard, the sun was blazing down.

Hummingbirds flitted from hibiscus blossom to hibiscus blossom. Tourists snapped away with their digital cameras. So what was up with the goose bumps? You act like it was two million. Kelly, though stung, nevertheless pulled herself together enough to send me a withering glance before heading for the yard where we dined daily, al fresco. Big deal. Gutierrez and her two thousand dollars? Even in some small way? And you know what? I think this time, your boy Jesse is going to agree. With me.

Please please please please. In any case, Dr. Sort of. Except that he had. And it had only been a few months ago. I wasthat desperate. Desperate for answers that I knew only one person on earth could give me.

And that person was just right upstairs. I guess. Itwas lunchtime.

Narc on me, doubtlessly. It seemed to be his one joy in life. Sadly, I never seem able to return the favor, thanks to Brad generally having some kind of goods on me.

As usual, the Game Show Network was on. The attendant had parked Dr. Slaski himself, however, appeared to be paying no attention whatsoever to Bob Barker. Instead, he was staring fixedly at a spot in the center of the highly polished tile floor. I need to talk to you for a minute. Unless you call drooling a response.

Slaski," I said, pulling up a chair so that I could sit closer to his ear. About, er, mediators. He straightened up in his chair, lifting his head so he could fix me with a rheumy-eyed stare. The drooling stopped right away. But I decided to let that slide. Slaski," I said. About Paul. Slaski and his grandson. At least, so far as I can tell. Slaski asked. Family Feud comes on in five minutes. Was I, I wondered, going to end up wheelchair bound and addicted to game shows when I was Dr. Because Dr.

Slaski—or Mr. Problem is, nobody believed him. Not about the existence of a race of people whose sole duty it was to guide the spirits of the dead to their ultimate destinations, and certainly not that he, Dr. Slaski, was one of them.

Worse, Dr. And what had Dr. Slaski gotten for all his efforts? A terminal illness and his grandson, Paul, for company. The illness, or so Dr. Slaski claimed, had been brought on by spending too much time in the "shadowland"—that way station between this world and the next. And Paul? Well, he had brought Paul on all by himself. I guess he had a reason to feel bitterly toward the human race. But why he felt that way toward Paul, I was only just learning.

Slaski insisted people like him and Paul and me are more properly called shifters, for our in my case, newly discovered ability to shift between the dimensions of the living and the dead. Slaski said. Slaski said acidly. Slaski looked at me very sarcastically. I sat there like a lump staring at him. All this time. But what would I have ever needed the ability to time travel for, anyway? Then, like a bolt of lightning, it hit me. My dad. I could go back through time and save my dad.

Because if it could. Then everything would be different. Slaski coughed, hard. I shook myself and touched his shoulder. Are you all right? Slaski demanded, not very graciously.

Maybe less, if those damned doctors have their way and keep bleeding the life out of me. I needed to know more about this new power he—and possibly I—had. Travel through time, I mean. Slaski glanced at the TV. Fortunately the credits forThe Price Is Right were still rolling.

Family Feud was going to start at any second. To anchor you to it. Slaski said, though he looked skeptical. And you need to pick a spot you can get back to without shifting onto some innocent bystander. Not just—" "Your soul? Slaski snorted. No, when you go, yougo. Not if you want to keep your guts from spilling out. Slaski looked back at the television, bored by the whole conversation. Slaski said, his gaze glued to the TV screen. Must be the link. Slaski trailed off, lost in research done decades before.

Slaski drawled, turning his gaze back toward the television.

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Because ghosts? Ghosts I can deal with. Ghosts like. And I had plenty of stuff that once belonged to Dad. She surely would have found it when she was making my bed or playing tooth fairy. But she had never said anything. But I had some babysitting money saved up. Maybe even enough for a plane ticket. I could do it. I could totally keep my dad from dying. Slaski, with a glance at the TV.

A commercial, thank God. What do you do then? Slaski looked annoyed. Then you picture the person. And then you go. Easy as pie. Slaski nodded at the TV. Just like that, I could go back through time and keep someone I loved from dying. You have to weigh the consequences of your actions very carefully. What possible consequences could my saving my dad have?

Except that my mom, instead of crying into her pillow every night for years after he died—right up until she met Andy, actually—would be happy? ThatI would be happy? Then it hit me. If my dad had lived, my mother would never have met Andy.

Or rather, she might have met him, but she would never have married him. And then we would never have moved to California. And I would never have met Jesse. Suddenly, the full impact of what Dr. Slaski had said sunk in. And keep in mind the fact that the longer you stay in a time not your own, the longer your recovery time when you do get back to the present," Dr. Slaski added not very pleasantly. You mean like.

Every time. Slaski looked amused about something. Slaski said, "if he read my paper on it. He could hardly be motivated by a desire to help anyone, as the only person Paul Slater had ever been interested in helping was. Slaski looked bored. I told you he was no good. Just like his father, that one is, ashamed of me. I was too busy thinking. That was when it finally dawned on me. Standing there in Dr. And not to kill him.

The Mediator Series

To save his life. I thought you had to hit the Send button to answer, but apparently—" "Father Dominic, something terrible has happened.

Then Father Dominic said, "Susannah. Where are you? If Paul keeps Jesse from dying,then Jesse and I will never meet! Look what happened in that film. What was it? Oh, yes. Back to the Future. But he might listen to you. And how do you suppose he does that? Your whole body goes. I was losing him. But how can you explain to a priest that a guy is trying to off your boyfriend so he can get into your pants?

Was it my imagination or was there a slight chuckle in his voice. Not for that, anyway. My protests, even to my own ears, were starting to grow faint.

Paul doing something that could actually be construed as moral, I mean. Because Father Dominic was right. Was it my imagination or did he sound distracted? Because he was never meant to die in the first place. Unbidden, my mind flashed back to that poster my ninth grade English teacher had hung up in her classroom, of two seagulls flying over a beach. A poster I always seemed to remember at the most inconvenient moments. The imaginary noose around my neck tightened to a choking point.

He sounded angry. A second later, Dr. I had no more to say to him than I did to Father Dom. There was only one person, I realized, who could stop Paul from doing what I now knew he was going to do.

And that person was me. A plan. I was almost sure of it. Jesse had been murdered and his body never found—until recently, that is. But those were on display at the Carmel Historical Society museum. Or rather, to save him. Jesse was safe. Which meant thatI was safe.

The relief I felt was short-lived, however. Oh, not my relief about Jesse.

That remained. It was as I was attempting to sneak back into school that my newly restored equilibrium was shaken again. And why not? I was really losing my touch. No one would consider Sister Ernestine an exemplary educator.

I got off lightly, I suppose. All in all, I suppose it could have been worse. Or so I thought. Before I ran into Paul Slater. He stepped out from the shadows just as I was hurrying by. I flattened a hand to my chest, as if doing so would cause my heart, which had practically jumped through my ribs at the sight of him, to beat normally again.

But what would have been the point? So I stuck out my chin and, ignoring my stuttering pulse, plunged. You talked abouttime travel? With Grandpa Gork? Slaski," I corrected him. But I thinkyou might be," I went on—recklessly, I knew, but no longer caring.

Not now that I knew what he was after. And maybe I was. That Paul and me? Yeah, that wasnever going to happen. A gork. I mean, your own father changed his name, he was so ashamed of him. And you should stay away from me. That about sum it up? He even smiled a little, though it was with just half his mouth.

But I knew it was all just a put-on. Not if he really intends to do what I suspect. But he was doing his best to prove me wrong. After that whole thing with Mrs.

Gutierrez, you got me thinking. All I could do was stand there and stammer. I had never in my life met anyone as manipulative as he was. Or the next? I tasted something awful rising in my throat. At least a little. Enough, anyway—" His voice trailed off suggestively. Because the truth is, I kind of like my body. I wasthat stunned. Because it finally made sense, now.

That accusation Paul had hurled at me the other day in his kitchen. Because he was planning on saving Jesse, whereas I, apparently, am planning on killing Paul. It proves that, whatever you say, you do like me, a little.

Or at least that you like making out with me. All I cared about was proving to him how very, very wrong he was. How could you even—what could have given you the idea that I—" "Oh, come on, Suze," Paul said. Not like this," he added, gently stroking my arm with his thumb.

Until I wrenched my arm away, that is, and fell back a step. At least, not right away—" I felt my cheeks flame. I was so embarrassed. Especially considering that Jesse? Yeah, this was his new stomping ground. He was undoubtedly around somewhere nearby. But not that. So why not just give my soul a yank and let the all-perfect Jesse have a second chance at life?

But now—perhaps because he was goading me into it—a part of me actually seemed to perk up and goWhy not? He would definitely think it was wrong to rob Paul of the life that was rightfully his, just so he could have a chance to live again. His body would still be alive. And his soul would be. For my sins? You know, the endorphins rushing in. Because I really had, in a way, just had a major workout. This one just happened to be an emotional one. The soul transference thing, I mean.

And, for another, I was never going to steal your body and give it to Jesse, Paul. But, you know, you can keep on flattering yourself that I was, if it makes you happy. At least not then. Because when I attempted to stroll by him after that last remark—even giving my hair a toss to show my disdain for him—something inside him seemed to snap.

Next thing I knew, his hand had shot out and caught my arm in a grip that hurt. But I thought it better to let that slide. You can let him go. Because of course, only he and I could see the ghost who had hold of him.

I shook my head. Jesse held on to Paul for a second or two longer—just, I think, to prove he could—then he let go, so suddenly that Paul lost his balance and fell to his hands and knees, onto the stone slabs that made up the floor of the breezeway. He folded his arms across his chest and looked at Paul dispassionately as he climbed to his feet and brushed himself off.

Paul, to my fury, burst out into scornful laughing. That seemed to cause some of his laughter to dry up, without Jesse even having to say a word. Then Jesse turned his penetrating gaze on me. But he changed his mind.

Suddenly, it was getting very difficult to breathe. Jesse, what if I told you that in addition to all the many other wonderful things that we mediators can do, it turned out we can also travel through time? And that I had generously offered to travel back to your time—the night you died, I mean—and save your life. What would you say to that? Not even for a second. Middle column Individual gene expression profiles from each embryo; each color represents a separate embryo.

Hill coefficient nH reflects the shape of the curve, generalized Michaelis Menten coefficient gMM reflects the location along the anterior posterior axis. We developed a theoretical framework, rooted in molecular biophysics, to explore how individual TFs contribute to the GRF Estrada et al.

Such HOC allows any form of information integration which can be accomplished at thermodynamic equilibrium to be accommodated in a model. The molecular mechanisms that give rise to such higher-order effects may include chromatin, nucleosomes or co-regulators like Mediator. These intrinsic measures of shape are more biophysically informative than the nH and gMM constant of a fitted Hill function. Higher order effects have rarely been considered previously.

An exception is a series of quantitative studies of regulation of the Drosophila even-skipped gene, which are notable for their predictive accuracy Janssens et al.

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The model underlying these studies, described in detail in Reinitz et al. These higher order effects seem important for the accuracy of the model. However, the effects are treated in a phenomenological way, which makes it difficult to draw quantitative comparisons with the biophysical model that we use. For the present paper, we introduced a more refined model in which RNA polymerase is explicitly recruited to the promoter.

This allows us to ask whether the position and steepness of the experimentally determined GRF is found within this biophysically plausible region. Note that this approach does not require fitting the GRF to experimental data.

Instead, we mathematically determine the region of position and steepness in which the data should fall.

Moreover, the deletion constructs yield GRFs whose steepness is higher than the model can accommodate, especially for low numbers of TF binding sites. A Using an updated version of the mathematical model in Estrada et al. For comparison, the Hill line, consisting of the position and steepness points for varying values of the Hill coefficient, nH, is plotted in magenta with the points corresponding to integer values of nH marked by crosses.

B We plotted the data from WTHbP2 variants where Bcd sites have been removed, described in Figure 2 , in terms of steepness and position and compared it to the model with corresponding numbers of TF binding sites. The boundaries of the model for 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 sites are shown in nested solid grey lines. The model corresponding to the number of remaining Bcd binding sites is shown in dashed black. P-values correspond to the probability of finding the GRFs inside the thermodynamic equilibrium region see Materials and methods.Theonly way.

Maybe even enough for a plane ticket. Mediator between God and men[1] and High Priest who has gone before us into heaven, Jesus the Son of God[2] quite clearly had one aim in view when He undertook the mission of mercy which was to endow mankind with the rich blessings of supernatural grace.

The august sacrifice of the altar is concluded with communion or the partaking of the divine feast. I had to make sure my boyfriend died, like he was supposed to.

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