Is "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver a spiritual story?

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Although Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is not explicitly a spiritual story, it is a spiritual story in a more implicit way. The blind man, Robert's, visit to the narrator and his wife offers the narrator to see himself, others, and the world they inhabit in a way he has never contemplated before. We see the change in the narrator because of Robert's visit and his experience in helping Robert to "see" the cathedral that is being described in the television program. Although the story does not address religion or spirituality in a direct way, we have the sense that the narrator's life will never be the same because of the experience. The narrator has an epiphany that his narrow, self-absorbed view of the world is no longer sufficient or satisfying. We glean that the narrator will live the rest of his life differently from here on out.