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Acts of Contrition the Movie

Acts of Contrition is about a priest grappling with faith, the past, his ride-sharing night-job, and his attempt to prevent a grieving penitent’s death. Movies that depict religious themes are not the typical genre I enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised by Acts of Contrition, a short film produced by a team of young filmmakers. The story is about a priest …

Happy Birthday, Tony!

Dear Brother COVID-19 Changed the World You Left

My Dearest, Tony, Happy Birthday, I want to let you know that things have changed in the world since your departure 30 years ago. Today, dear brother there is a new virus to battle. This virus has no boundaries. Millions have been infected in such a short time. Like the HIV that tragically took your life, the coronavirus has no …

Tony Spataro, Jr

30 Years Later I Still Miss YOU!

It was dark rainy early Monday morning, April 30, 1990, when Tom, my brother called me to tell me it was time. I did not want to understand what he meant, but he said Tony, my other brother was dying. At the time, I was living in New York City on the lower west side. I remember thinking it would …