Category: The Power of Story

How Much Gets Revealed?

In her letter to “A” dated 24 September 1955, Flannery O’Connor writes about how much autobiographical information comes across in fiction. I find this especially interesting now because I’m more than halfway through F. Scott Fitzgerald’s admittedly semiautobiographical first novel, This Side of Paradise. Here’s Flannery: Your comments on how much of oneself one reveals in the word are a…

The Ongoing Battle

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 23:1–12, in which Jesus warns against performing good works only to be seen and applauded by others. In fact, the psalms, other readings, and Magnificat’s meditation all revolve around warnings against pride. This is not the first time I’ve seen the introduction to the psalm chosen for Prayer for the Morning. I’ve read it often,…

More Illogical Doctrine

Well, I’ve come to the part in Symbolism where Johann Adam Möhler deals with John Calvin’s doctrine of predestination. Yikes! Are you ready for this? Calvin lays down the following notion of predestination: “We call predestination that eternal decree of God, whereby He hath determined what the fate of every man should be. For not to the same destiny are…

Names are Important

I planned on sharing Madeleine L’Engle’s Glimpse of Grace “Named, Not Numbered” on March 4th, the day I read it, but was unable to find the time. It turns out that it’s just as well since, at that point, I had not yet read something that ties in nicely. Last week, Jack got a gift from his cousin: The Chronicles of Prydain boxed…