Stories tagged catholic

Educating an American

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Note to self: look up Bobby Sands.

Marseilles, "Stella," Water and Bells

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In "Climates," the characters stay in a hotel by the sea, and two professionals talk of playing tennis, then going swimming in the sea. Even here, I am just up the hill from a bay, viewable from the church with its many bells. Water-side, we dip out o

The $64,000 Question

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One day over a hardscrabble dinner of gristly beef and lumpy mashed potatoes, his uncle looked up at him and said, “Kee-rist, boy, school’s gonna start any day now. And winter ain’t far behind. I can’t keep you here. We gotta figure out something for you.

My Great Uncle Jerry, a Villanelle

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Jeremiah Sherwood was Irish, Catholic, and gay.

Lessons Learned

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What was so bad about other religions that their followers were automatically condemned to eternal damnation? The priests were so convincing when they claimed Christ was the only true way.

ASH WEDNESDAY

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Everybody knew the McDonald’s at the Waterfront was selling theraflu stamp bags, and I guess I’d heard how bad it was for you—they’d had reports of dumbasses ODing on channel 2, 4, and 11—but it was a lot stronger than regular heroin and a lot cheaper...