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I am craving those wafers so badly. Let those of us whose marriages didn’t work out take part in this sacred tradition, or at least tell us where we can buy those wafers.

Dear Pope Francis,

As you consider allowing divorced people to receive communion, I wanted to implore you to let those of us whose marriages didn’t work out take part in this sacred tradition, or at least tell us where we can buy those wafers.

I am craving those wafers so badly.

Do you know what it’s like to eat something once a week since childhood and then have that food denied to you? That unique flavor of those light crispy wafers was something I grew up with and I miss it. My husband left me 10 years ago. I haven’t had communion in 10 years. That is a long time to crave something!

You know how people are upset Surge soda got discontinued? Well, they should imagine having to watch everyone else in their community drink Surge every week and then hug each other and drive home together happily and never fight over who gets the children for Thanksgiving. It’s just not fair.

I am raising my children Catholic and they receive communion. Do you know how hard it is to explain to them why I can’t get communion and also ask them to slowly describe the flavor of the wafer as I eat a saltine and try to pretend it’s satisfying? The divorce was hard enough on them. They don’t need this.

I understand that this is a difficult decision for you, Pope Francis. In the eyes of the Catholic Church I have failed God. But I would argue that it is in that failure that I need His comfort more than ever. Maybe you could just let me take communion one more time?

It would console me in more ways than one because here I am tasting different brands of crackers trying to match the flavor to a wafer I had ten years ago. I mean, it’s a nearly impossible task. I think I’m close with rice crackers, but how can I be sure? Just let me take communion one more time. Please. I’m desperate.

I bought an 8-lb. bag of something called Generic Communion Crisps off Amazon. They were stale and didn’t taste right. A lot of them broke during shipping.

Please, your holiness, find compassion in your heart and let me take communion or tell me where I can buy those wafers.

In God,
Martha Fullerton

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