The action of mercy

Flannery O'Connor: "Mr. Head stood very still and felt the action of mercy touch him again but this time he knew that there were no words in the world that could name it. He understood that it grew out of agony, which is not denied to any man and which is given in strange ways... Continue Reading →

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In accord with his use of the poker

When Thomas Aquinas went to study at the University of Naples, he joined the Dominican Order. At the time, the Dominicans were a new order in the church dedicated to study, teaching and preaching. The mission of the Dominicans fit Aquinas' scholastic abilities and his personal sense of vocation; he wrote, "It is a greater... Continue Reading →

O’Connor on writing

Flannery O'Connor, on writing (in a letter to Cecil Dawkins, 1957): I write only about two hours every day because that's all the energy I have, but I don't let anything interfere with those two hours, at the same time and the same place. This doesn't mean I produce much out of the two hours.... Continue Reading →

Christian skepticism in college

In May of 1962, Flannery O'Connor wrote to Alfred Corn, a student in college who wrote concerned that he was losing his faith. O'Connor wrote: As a freshman in college you are bombarded with new ideas, or rather pieces of ideas, new frames of reference, an activation of the intellectual life which is only beginning,... Continue Reading →

THE REST IS EXPENDABLE

"I was once, five or six years ago, taken by some friends to have dinner with Mary McCarthy and her husband, Mr. Broadwater. (She just wrote that book, A Charmed Life, reviewed in Time.) She departed the Church at the age of 15 and is a Big Intellectual. We went at eight and at one,... Continue Reading →

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