The Angel and the Black Heart
Waldsiedel is in uproar. The monk in charge of the Black Madonna’s costume has fallen off a ladder – just before the Easter festivities, when the place will be packed with visitors! The Celestial Council considers the Black Madonna of essential symbolic value to the hearts and hopes of the faithful on Earth, so, at the cost of giving St Peter a headache, the council decides to send Eleusius (who hasn’t quite finished his training yet) to Earth in order to help out in the monastery. The Madonna is visited by an eclectic variety of acolytes, ranging from esoteric individualists through to women’s groups; pilgrims from all corners of the world. Clearly Eleusius has his work cut out to keep the situation under control, and when a diamond-studded lava heart the Madonna wears around her neck suddenly disappears, he is compelled to employ his celestial powers – powers he is in fact strictly prohibited from using on Earth. In the process, he not only saves the piece of jewellery but also the lives of a pair of young lovers, leaving St Peter no option but to forgive his reckless protégé.