Tell me what it is I need to do. Tell me which altar to kneel at, which confessional I need to be in. Tell me which way to face when I pray five times a day and under what conditions of sunlight. Tell me who to be good to and where to place ten percent of my income– I’ll pay them double. Give me every inch of the sacred text with the stipulation of a pilgrimage and thirty unnecessary dietary restrictions. I’ll study by candlelight and be silent if I have to or stand up when I know I shouldn’t if it’s asked of me. I’ll fight through every wrung and caste with a glowing goddamn halo and never use the work goddamn again.
If you can promise me in no uncertain terms– no theological possibility, but a real promise, certain as you’ve seen it with your own eyes– that I will see that damn dog again, it shall all be done.