Monday, August 23, 2004

From "The Habit of Being"...

When we get our spiritual house in order, we’ll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is making it in darkness. Don’t expect faith to clear things up for you. It is trust, not certainty.
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I feel that you are distracted, particularly when you say, for instance, that it is B.'s writing that interests you considerably more than he does. This is certainly not so, no matter how good a writer he gets to be, or how silly he gets to be himself. The human comes before the art. You do not write the best you can for the sake of art but for the sake of returning your talent increased to the invisible God to use or not use as he sees fit.
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When the Protestant hears what he supposes to be the voice of the Lord, he follows it regardless of whether it runs counter to his church's teachings. The Catholic believes any voice he may hear comes from the Devil unless it is in accordance with the teachings of the Church.

3 comments:

John the Mad said...

I have just come across your blog. It is terrific. Although I'm a practicing Catholic, I don't know anything of Flannery O'Connor. I will soon.

The statement is true and very perceptive.

I'll place a link to your site on my new and humble blog.

flurk said...

Could you please identify the source of this comment? (The specific letter or even a page reference to the paperback edition of HOB would be sufficient. I now own this ed. Thanks!

flurk said...

Could you please identify the source of this quotation? (The specific letter or even a page reference to the paperback edition of HOB would be sufficient. I now own this ed. Thanks!