(The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and eyelids. If thy daughter be shameless, keep her in straitly, lest she abuse herself through overmuch liberty.) As Ava contemplates starting over, she recalls being left to the tender mercies of the orphanage. The Sister Warriors suit up for a dangerous mission.
(Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it.") Ava experiences a come-to-Jesus moment courtesy of Mary, who pulls no punches as she shows her just how many souls have their own cross to bear.
(You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.) Hoping to find some answers, Ava puts her faith in science. Meanwhile, Cardinal Duretti's machinations sow seeds of dissension inside the Order.
(Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.) In shock over the contests of the tomb, Ava no longer knows what -- or who -- to believe as she tries to divine the true history of the halo.