“The bottom line is that I deeply miss you. I know you so well, I even know your pew. I know where you sit, very clothes and expressions, hearts full of expectation to absorb the lessons.”
“Empty Pews”, a spoken word piece performed by Fr. Pontifex, inspired by and written for his congregation.
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