This story takes its name from a sheep loved by St. Francesco of Paola. Five hundred years ago, workers ate the lamb and threw his bones into the furnace pictured above. When he learned of the murder, the future saint called upon Martinello to return to life and the lamb sprang from the flames, unharmed.
Martinello springs to life again in my short story which was selected for publication in Miracle, the Inner Circle Writer’s Group Christian Anthology.
Although I’m not a religious person, I visited Francesco’s sanctuary in southern Italy back in 2013 and witnessed a steady stream of locals arriving at the main chapel simply to commune with the bones of the saint, which are on display. I started thinking then how comforting it must be to believe in something. I wrote the story to convey this feeling.