We decided to end Wednesday's show with a story. It's a true one. And it's about a man named Michael Mack.
Michael lives in Boston now. He looks like he's in early middle-age, with a wirey body, long curly hair tucked behind his ears, and an intense gaze. He's the kind of man who, when he was a child, knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up.
"I wanted to be a priest. I remember being 10 or 11 years old, just walking down the street, talking to God. It was just the most natural thing in the world for me."
But Michael didn't grow up to be a priest. No. He joined the Air Force. And then, became a writer and actor. His new play: "Conversations with my Molester: A Faith Journey" revisits a painful time in his childhood where he was molested by his parish priest in North Carolina.
We spoke with Mack about the play, his writing process, and the story of his renewed love for his Catholic faith.
- Michael Mack, poet, playwright, and performer
This program aired on January 11, 2012.