Friday, September 13, 2013

A Bloggers' Prayer From Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor, one of America's best 20th Century authors, sought to "depict the action of grace in territory largely held by the devil." 

No lover of the sanctimonious or shallow, O'Connor frequently used her violent and unethical characters as catalysts for her protagonists' epiphanies. She has a spree killer known only as the Misfit kill a racist, self-righteous Grandmother seconds after she recognized him as "one of her babies.". She also depicts an atheist posing as an Bible salesman stealing an artificial leg from woman who proudly believed in nothing. O'Connor's effort to depict grace is not without bits of crude humor; the Bible salesman takes the pseudonym Manly Pointer.

First Things reports that a prayer journal O'Connor kept while a student at the Iowa Writers Workshop will be published in November. The last two sentences of one of her prayers should be uttered by all of us who hit the publish button and send our thoughts into cyberspace.
“I dread, Oh Lord, losing my faith. My mind is not strong. It is a prey to all sorts of intellectual quackery.

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