Month: January 2017

Turning Points

After reading Flannery O’Connor’s first collection of short stories, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories, I decided to reread James Joyce’s. Dubliners was originally published in 1914 and contains 15 stories that take place in Dublin. Besides the obvious differences between Joyce’s Irish setting and Flannery’s southern United States, I noticed something else. The stories of both…

Nothing Changes

I recently asked my son to read one of my posts. When he finished, he told me that he liked it and that it was another example of what I always say: Human nature doesn’t change. This morning, I opened The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers, which was published in 1941. As I read the preface, I kept thinking…

On Miracles and Shame

Yesterday’s Magnificat Meditation is a simple but profound, common-sense look at miracles written by Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who died in 1980. The transcendental is thought of often as manifesting itself in signs and wonders, prophecies and voices from the dead. There is evidence of it in the miracles which take place around us, miracles which…

Bad Trades

This paragraph in today’s Glimpse of Grace from Madeleine L’Engle meshes well with the words of Bishop Robert Barron published to accompany today’s readings in Magnificat. So, here’s L’Engle: God created, and it was joy: time, space, matter. There is, and we are part of that is-ness, part of that beginning. That is our calling: co-creation. Every single one of…

Wiser Now

I have nearly 2,000 tags associated with this blog. That’s a bit ridiculous, don’t you think? I’m trying to whittle that number down, and have been reviewing old posts in the process. Today, I read a post I had written about Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood the last time I was reading it. That’s kind of neat, because I’m reading the…

The Value of Literature

For months, I have had an online article titled, “Can Reading Literature Make Us Moral?” open in my browser. Its author is Gary Saul Morson, a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Northwestern University. I imagine I came across the post via Twitter, as I had never before heard of either Morson or Big Questions Online, the site where the…

Speaking of Poetry

I just started reading Passing Through: the Later Poems, New and Selected by Stanley Kunitz. This is my first foray with the works of this American poet. I had not even heard of him until a few years ago, when one of my former professors passed along a link to a video of him reading, “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley…