REPORTER: You have just completed your eighth volume of fictional prose. What do you offer us this time?
M.M. LOVISTE: The Sacraments of Matrimony is, from my point of view, a literary breath between two novels. As they say in the perfume industry: strong essences in small containers, metaphorically speaking.
R.: Why the Sacraments and not the Sacrament of Matrimony, as it is known and presented in the Bible, the Book of Books, when references are made to the Seven Sacraments?
M.M.L.: Good question! You see, the Almighty created man, giving him opportunities to live happily. Moreover, He gave him the freedom to choose good from evil. But Beelzebub poked his nose in immediately, infecting the human gene with sin. The “anointed” of the Lord could not fall behind and they also created something sophisticated, the Sacraments of Matrimony – somehow, I would say, also under the influence of the Evil One?
R.: How did you come up with the idea for this literary creation?
M.M.L.: I must admit I have no merit here. It was my daughter’s idea. As far as I am concerned, I have tried, on a small scale, to reconcile the great contradictions of humanity anchored in the strange realities of human existence, relative to the recent religious rites.
R.: Can you reveal some of these sacraments to us?
M.M.L.: Out of respect for the reader, it is impossible for me to reveal anything. I can tell you, however, there is plenty of humor – always an excellent tonic. Like in Charlot’s theory, “laughter is very close to tears, and vice versa.” I tried to blend laughter and tears. It is very possible I have succeeded.
R.: What do you bring new in the universal literary creation and how long do you think the novella will last?
M.M.L.: The chosen subject emerges from the most important book in the world; it is the sixth Sacrament, the Sacrament of Matrimony, through which God sanctifies the love between two people who will start a family. It is a Sacrament, since it is hidden in the hearts of the two. Apostle Paul calls it the Sacrament of the Heart. The subject treated from a literary perspective is nonetheless original, as the Sacrament of Matrimony undergoes modifications, being transformed by the “servants” of the Lord into Sacraments of Matrimony. Regarding the other question, I think the novella will last on the literary market for as long as certain priestly habits persist. Maybe, another thousand years?