Since I was born I have had an oval blotch of skin on my inner thigh that never tans, my grandparents always told me it was an Angel's Kiss and as I grew up my Kiss has actually started to look more and more like a pair of lips. (As I hit my teens I wondered why an Angel kissing me there for.)
I have grown up tolerant of other religions and faiths, and yet organized religions have never been my salvation. My spiritual life is in the out-of-doors, where I can feel small and insignificant in a world far more complex than myself.
It happened about two years ago when I went with a very dear friend to Christmas Mass to explore my spirituality; as soon as I set foot in the church my inner left thigh began to burn horribly. At first I thought I had pulled a muscle or had an allergic reaction. I politely excused myself to the restroom and shut myself into a stall, I pulled down my pants to see if something was irritating my skin and was shocked. My Kiss was no longer the stark white I had grown up with but an angry red... I was a little terrified because my Kiss truly looked like a pair of lips. I sat through the Mass with my leg burning and after I left the church the hurting stopped. The doctor said there was nothing wrong with my skin, and I know for a fact that I have no allergies. So in a year my same friend invited me again to Mass and to my surprise my leg hurt again. This time I was scared.
The pain starts as soon as I enter ANY church, despite the faith, despite the practice; I have tested this many times. I have talked to the priests at my friend's church and they say it is God placing a mark on me for past sins. But why would that mark burn so? I don't believe that I am possessed or in league with some foul spirit. What is an Angel's Kiss, a mark to brand sinners?