Two New Books on Prayer

I see in [Flannery] O'Connor an example of a person who has integrated her faith and her art so thoroughly that they have become one practice. In an era wherein such integration is not only rare but is considered by many people in both the sacred and secular realms to be anathema, O'Connor demonstrates that this can be done and done beautifully. Her own art becomes sign and symbol of the creative force that generates and governs the world, and so her writing becomes, both in practice and in … [Read more...]

Flannery O’Connor on Faith, Doubt, and Electric Blankets

I'm rather envious of my friend Mark; he works for Andalusia Farm, the home of the great Southern Gothic (and devoutly Catholic) author, Flannery O'Connor. Of course, I suppose Mark is envious of me working at the monastery, so that makes us even!Anyway, today on his blog Mark posted a truly wonderful excerpt from one of Flannery's letters, in which she discusses faith, doubt and mystery. Here's a tidbit to whet your appetite:A faith that just accepts is a child's faith and all right for … [Read more...]

New Endowment for Flannery O’Connor’s Church

The Georgia Bulletin — the weekly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta — has an interesting article this week about an endowment left to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Milledgeville, GA, by Regina O'Connor, the mother of Flannery O'Connor, one of the most renowned Catholic (and native Georgian) authors of the twentieth century. The endowment will preserve the current sanctuary of the church, even if the parish at some point needs to build a new church building. Read the story here: N … [Read more...]