Synergy is the story of Father Sal, Catholic priest, and Sister Grace, who struggle with a burning love of God, their Church and each other.
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Salvador Ramirez, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, became a thorny problem for his Bishop. Some parishioners saw Father Sal’s preoccupation with migrant ministry to be misguided and called for his removal. The Bishop agreed. Sal, angered and depressed, sought temporary relief with a year sabbatical and a rash change of scenery.
Unfortunately, bruised spirits he carries as baggage with him to the beach, leaves him ill prepared and surprised to meet Grace Cooney. She brings with her a simple, magical joy of life that Sal finds invigorating. Impetuously, Sal sees the relationship as divinely inspired and falls in love. But, to his chagrin, Sister Grace has other desires. . .
This story of Synergy takes the reader behind the altar, exposing dire moments of relational turbulence, desire, and emotional love, as two very different personalities strive to become one.
"I'm vulnerable right now, Sal. I've been on my own for a long time, perhaps covering up my fears of loneliness. You spoke of loneliness last night-do you remember? Well, it wasn't until I heard your pain verbalized that I realized how I might have been burying my loneliness under a heavy workload for all these years. Now, with the threat of change - moving to Raleigh - I'm kind of scared. And you, in this romantic atmosphere, appeal to my every insecurity." She put the back of her hand against his cheek.