Flannery’s Peacocks: “King of the Birds” Run Amok

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"I intend to stand firm and let the peacocks multiply, for I am sure that, in the end, the last word will be theirs." --Flannery O'ConnorIf Flannery O'Connor were living in New York City today, and if she were to make such a statement about, say, cats, I imagine that the ASPCA would be called, the felines would be hastily relocated, and she'd have a social worker assigned to her case at the earliest possible moment.But she's talking, instead, about her beloved peacocks, a familiar sight … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, St. Teresa of Avila: Patron of Catholic Writers and Headache Sufferers!

A Saint I Can Relate To!St. Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today, on March 28, 1515.  She was a mystic, writer, reformer, and the founder of the Discalced Carmelites.  Her feast day is celebrated on October 15, the anniversary of her death.  In 1970, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church.In 1577 St. Teresa’s guide for spiritual development, The Interior Castle (in Spanish, El Castillo Interior) was published.  In the book, she envisioned the soul as a c … [Read more...]

So You Want to Be a Writer… You Should Attend the Catholic Writers Conference This Summer!

Secretly, you're a writer.You bury yourself in historical novels, and you think, "Someday I'd like to write like that!"   or... You love a good mystery, and you daydream about complex and unexpected plotlines;  or... You have a remarkable personal story of your own conversion, your mother's love even through the long, lingering goodbye of Alzheimer's, your family's unorthodox vacation memories;  or... You have been successful in creating a small home-based business, and you think ot … [Read more...]