Going to Mass with Walter

Real Philadelphia #3

“If you’re in trouble or hurt or need–go to poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help–the only ones.” ― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

My friend and neighbor Walter is a Catholic of Pennsylvania Dutch and Sicilian heritage.

“They were kids. It was WWII. Don’t ask.”

The last time a fellow Catholic evangelized me, the Priest’s homily was “AIDS is the punishment for being homosexual.” That was a long time ago. To say I am a lapsed Catholic is an understatement…



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