Pius, who was pope from 1939 to 1958, has been strongly attacked for not speaking out publicly against the Holocaust but defended by some for the vast hidden work he did to help many victims of the Nazis, fascists and communists.
Before long I had tears in my eyes—and not from the uneven grooves worn into the wood by pilgrims’ knees. Something about the physical discomfort helped me to focus on the much greater pain Jesus had felt on those same stairs.
Patrick, your writing is achingly beautiful and moving. I now feel that I do know you, or at least some of the pain your faith has encountered. I am humbled by your truth. You are made in God’s image. God loves you. You are not disordered, intrinsically or otherwise.
Along with changing how society defines what it means to be funny in 2019, the Bodega Boys have given me—and audiences outside of New York City—an opportunity to see the streets, communities, culture we know reflected in popular culture.