“Lord Have Mercy,” Sister Gabriel said. “Nicolena Magdalena. Who named you, child?”
“My dad named me, Sister”
“What was the man thinking? Nicolena is not the name of a saint, and Magdalena…”
Sister blessed herself with the silver crucifix hanging from the black belt circling her waist, and considered Mary Magdalene’s legion of sins.
“Stand in the corner until I call you, young lady.”
“Mary Anna,” Sister called out a few minutes later. She motioned to Nicolena.
Nicolena walked to the front of the classroom.
“Mary and Anna—Jesus’ mother and grandmother—that solves the problem. Take your seat, Mary Anna,”