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What If Purgatory is a Real Place?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series From Now On a Catholic, Always a Protestant

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series From Now On a Catholic, Always a Protestant “And now, let us say our customary prayers for the repose of their soul,” my priest gestured to us, and took a position of prayer. Kneelers unfolded and out came the Hail Marys. Wait. I thought Mass

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Cancer is Not a Gift

  I look in the mirror and it shows on my face. I stand in the shower and rinse the suds from my hair, and then I look in the palm of my hand. Hair. So. much. hair. I hold onto it for a moment and then watch it flow toward the drain. Day after

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Dear God, Please Don’t Say Anything

She calls me on the phone, and it is bad news. I stand in my kitchen; phone to ear, make-up leaving a film all over the device that is so often a messenger of pain filled remarks and stories. Swoosh and whoosh of the dishwasher, the clank of zippers flailing in the dryer are the

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