One of the most entertaining collection of short stories (loosely strung together as a novel) that I have ever read.There is heroism, beauty, romance (no, not the priests, but @ least 2 tales of TRUE LOVE), mystery (two good little mysteries, actually), & some heartfelt parables of faith.You do not have to be Catholic to enjoy this book, though it will help a lot if you don't have an antipathy toward priests.It is a ROMANTIC viewing of the priesthood, even in the stories that deal with hard, hard times.The stories range from quite readable to excellent.