Wednesday, June 29, 2005

From "The Habit of Being"

...I am a Catholic peculiarly possessed of the modern consciousness, that thing Jung describes as unhistorical, solitary, and guilty. To possess this within the Church is to bear a burden, the necessary burden for the conscious Catholic. It's to feel the contemporary situation at the ultimate level.

5 comments:

flurk said...

Many thanks for this marvelous website. Flannery O' Connor has long been one of my favorite writers, and these quotations from her letters and essays just deepen my admiration. The quotes you have chosen address my current spiritual struggles with almost uncanny accuracy.

You obviously have some knowledge of Flannery and her writings. Have you ever considered compiling 365 of her choicest quotations into a daybook or calendar format? ("A year with Flannery O'Connor" or the like). You would need permission from her literary executors and publishers for such a book, but I would buy it. Thanks again.

Buster Stronghart said...

Why O Why did you stop your blogging. Come back, come back...Buster

TS said...

niall - Thanks for the encouragment. The daybook/calendar format is an excellent idea and I'm surprised it hasn't been done before. I wonder if her literary executors have resisted it. Interesting suggestion though.

buster - mea culpa!

Richard said...

I would buy it too...if it was under $10.

Anonymous said...

Flannery o'connor once lamented that she didn't want to see her work dissected in print like one of those frogs in a Biology book with acetate pages to peel back. It seems to some extent that we who love her work are compelled to ignore her wishes. DS