Thank you, Mitch!
That is exactly the sort of criticism I need. I really appreciate it.
No, not Catholic. Not even close. Spiritual, but more Buddhist than anything else. I just felt that a young soldier would need some sort of grounding to stay sane, and that the village priests would have very difficult jobs.
I never intended this to be more than ten thousand words, but I’m twice that length with several chapters to go. I like research, but now that you mention the emotional aspect, yes, that’s where the focus should be.
Again, thank you!