Spring 1962 • Vol. XXIV No. 2 Fiction |

Sailing against the Wind

For many years, Father Urban had traveled out of Chicago, giving retreats and parish missions. During those years, he had made himself nationally known as a preacher, and this without much help from radio and television. He had also succeeded in making friends with the mammon of iniquity, perhaps the most difficult trick in the book. Always, when doing so, he'd had the Order's welfare at heart. Nobody, with the possible exception of the Holy Founder himself (who had died at the hands of fanatical Huguenots), had ever done more for the Order of St. Clement. And yet, in November, Father Urban was taken out of circulation and assigned to St. Clement's Hill, the Order's retreat-house near Duesterhaus, Minnesota, where retreatants were so scarce that the staff rented themselves out to parishes on weekends. Even if he'd been put in charge of the Hill (and he hadn't), this was something that never should've happened to Father Urban. Early in the afternoon on Christmas, after a good mea

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