I remember getting thrown out of religion class in high school when I questioned some of the basic principles of Catholicism. It’s not that I didn’t believe; I just wanted more of an explanation. Sister Carmel Marie took a dim view of that. Looking back, I can understand why, given the limitations and strictures of her existence as a Sister of St. Joseph and the fact that she’d decided to give her life to the service of God. Curiosity was not prized; rather, memorization and rote learning were rewarded. But I remember the stories from my youth, which were always pooh-poohed as originating with crackpots, the over-imaginative and trailer-park beer swillers. In those days, we used to watch fantasy and science fiction movies on…

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