Patrick, thank you for this bit of grace in writing.
I share so much with your story. My heart is touched.
Just in case you are interested, I published a novel a few years ago, called “The Secret Love Letters of Saint Paul.” It’s available on Amazon in print and e-formats. The novel begins: “All religion is a story,” and continues to ask, what kind of story do you tell? Does your story build a prison for your soul or a garden for the divine spark.
Wishing you peace and happiness