Flannery O’Connor

All Sinners are Welcome!

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" (detail) by Paolo Veronese

While I was in central Georgia, filming the Flannery O’Connor episode of my Pivotal Players series, I saw a sign on the outside of a church, which would have delighted the famously prickly Catholic author: “All Sinners Are Welcome!” I thought it was a wonderfully Christian spin on the etiquette of welcome that is so pervasive in our culture today. In a […]

Getting Out of the Sacristy: A Look at Our Pastoral Priorities

For the past several days, I’ve been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O’Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our “Pivotal Players” series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, and finally to Savannah and Milledgeville, Georgia. At every step of the way, we have met numerous people who have […]

Flannery O’Connor and the Devil’s Territory

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Shocking, grotesque, violent, and dark! Readers often use these adjectives after reading Flannery O’Connor’s stories. In her day, the horrified reactions from country folks in the small town of Milledgeville where she lived were fairly predictable. Even her own mother flinched from the gruesomeness of her fiction—and an aunt took to bed for a week after reading O’Connor’s first novel. […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Flannery O’Connor

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“The Catholic writer, in so far as he has the mind of the Church, will feel life from the standpoint of the central Christian mystery; that it has, for all its horror, been found by God to be worth dying for.” (Flannery O’Connor, The Church and the Fiction Writer) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends […]

Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal: Hearing an Old Friend’s Voice Again

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The year was 2005.  I was sitting on the back deck talking with my spiritual director, Father Richard Lopez, when he suddenly asked me if I’d ever read Flannery O’Connor’s letters. I’d read her stories long ago but not her letters, and his question piqued my interest. Before long, I was poring over “The Habit of Being,” a collection of […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Flannery O’Connor

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“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O’Connor) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts below. Thank you! – The Editors Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote from Flannery O’Connor and St. Cyril of Jerusalem

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“St. Cyril of Jerusalem, in instructing catechumens, wrote: ‘The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.’ No matter what form the dragon may take, it is of this mysterious passage past him, or into […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Flannery O’Connor

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O’Connor) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Share and the Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts […]

Flannery O’Connor and the Hardest Lesson of All

It came on suddenly like so many physical maladies do. One day I noticed numbness in my leg, and it didn’t go away for quite a while. The doctors said the problem was a pinched nerve in my back. What to do? Stop sitting at the computer for long periods at a stretch was one piece of advice. Habits are […]

Happily Ever After: The Truth About Christianity

Some things seem too good to be true. When you fall in love and the person returns your affection – that’s one of those things. Or maybe you win a great prize and this is your first reaction: Why it’s too good to be true! And in many ways the Christian story falls under that heading as well. We believe […]