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The Crossing

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The Crossing

In the past, Luka tears up a flight of stairs covered in fallen bricks. "I ran inside. There were my neighbours -- hurt, bleeding, dying -- but I passed them by; I had to get to my family." Past Luka starts calling his wife's name as he picks his way through the mess. From the other side of the door, a woman's voice calls, "Luka!" His son, Marko, is dead. They anxiously converse in Croatian about the state of their children; he checks on their daughter and tells Daniela something that sounds like, "I feel her pulse." Daniela tries to move, but she's bleeding around the mid-section; he screams at her, presumably telling her to hold still. "A piece of shrapnel had torn into Daniela's spleen, and she was bleeding to death. When I turned back to my daughter, she wasn't breathing. I lost her pulse. But as long as I kept doing CPR and breathing for my daughter, I thought she had a chance." Given the gravity of the scene, I will refrain from saying that the child actor on whom he's performing CPR is just about the luckiest girl in the world, and -- hey! How did that happen? Luka continues: "I could only pray that someone would get there to help."

In the present, Luka cries, "If I'd picked up Daniela at that moment, and gotten her to the hospital, she could have had surgery -- you know? She could have lived!"

In the past, Luka continues performing CPR. "But I couldn't leave my little girl. I waited and prayed. I prayed someone would come."

"And no one came," Bishop Cromwell concludes.

In the past, night falls. "I called out for hours as I stayed there -- breathing for her, doing CPR. I finally had to stop from exhaustion." He feels for Daniela's pulse.

In the present: "I lost them all." Bishop Cromwell gently says, "You couldn't sacrifice the one to save the other. Even if you had, you'd still blame yourself." Luka, sobbing now, leans forward and rests his head on Bishop Cromwell's bed; Bishop Cromwell reaches out and caresses Luka's head, saying, "These things can't be explained -- why it happens. The providence of God and the mysteries of life and death are the very fibre of our faith. They were gifts of love and life. You are a gift of love and live. Don't turn your back on them." Bishop Cromwell tilts his head up and prays, "God, Father of all mercies, through the death and resurrection of your only begotten Son, [who] was reconciled Himself to the world and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins, through the ministry of holy Church, may God give you pardon and peace. And I absolve you of all your sins." In the past, Luka stands amid the bodies of his family and stares up in despair. Bishop Cromwell concludes, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." Machines have started beeping, though so faintly we can barely hear. Luka turns all of them off, and releases Bishop Cromwell.

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