The Prayers of Flannery O’Connor

The prayer journals of Flannery O’Connor are being published next week and were recently excerpted in the New Yorkerand over at Slate, Marian Ryan is writing about them, and her own struggle:

I’m jealous of Flannery O’Connor, though she’s been dead nearly 50 years. I envy her not only because she was brilliant, the maker of astoundingly original and subversive works of art, but because she believed in God. She believed in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. She believed in the Redemption, and Life Everlasting. She believed, with an unerring rigor, in the supernatural, and that God’s grace could open up upon us at our most dire moments and, if we accepted its gift, make us—fleetingly at least—better beings.

The whole article is here.

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  • I am totally opposed to the publication of these prayers. It is an absolute invasion of privacy. Much as they might appeal to us, we are eavesdropping on a private conversation between a writer and God.