- Aug 22, 2022
"Perhaps he has the final scenes of the short story “Revelation” in mind, but really the quote encapsulates so much of what haunts O’Connor’s world -- and thereby the American Catholic imagination writ large."One would be difficult, but the short stories of Flannery O’Connor landed hard on me. You could feel within them the unknowability of God, the intangible mysteries of life that confounded her characters, and which I find by my side every day. They contained the dark Gothicness of my childhood and yet made me feel fortunate to sit at the center of this swirling black puzzle, stars reeling overhead, the earth barely beneath us.
Above is a quote from an interview with Bruce Springsteen. an article in Commonweal Magazine. He had often spoken of the influence of the author Flannery O'Connor in his life.
When i was a child and later as a young adult terrible things happened to me at the hands if abusive people. Later. Searching for solace and answers I read the short stories of Flannery O'Connor. I appreciated her writing and insights into people. She wrote about how life can be soft and conforting, and also how life can shake you to your core in terrible nonsensical ways. She taught me that good and terrible things do happen. Just as written in the Bible.
My life has been blessed and I have known great love as Tom's wife. Tom has declined. He will leave me sometime soon and meet his God. God is real. God is mystery and love. God is unknowable. But God always is a force pulling us toward him to be known.
"It is the mystery that does not confuse but halts through wonder; the experience of all life as both suffering and glory; the stubborn refusal to separate nature and grace."