Archive for ‘March, 2010

Of the Shameful Cross

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I remember my grandmother giving me a cross necklace when I was confirmed. I was in the sixth grade. I wore it to school, and one of my friends asked me that if Jesus had been killed by a gun, would I wear a gun around my neck. I thought the question ridiculous at the time; my […] Read more »

Of Faith and Trust

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I had a good conversation yesterday with my former sister in law. That sounds so cold….former. Just because she is divorced from my brother doesn’t mean that we don’t still have a relationship. I’m glad of that. She is in the process of going to seminary in the Fall with the intention of becoming an Episcopal […] Read more »

Of Lengthening Days and Renewal

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It is happening again…new life stirring up and against the cold that now is beginning to lose its grip. There are signs of life everywhere; the earth awaking from dreamful sleep. There, narcissus is blooming in a vacant lot; gold finches and robins carried in by the south wind twitter among the cherry laurel; the rust red […] Read more »

Of Mystery and Manners

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In Flannery O’Connor’s collection of essays and lectures, entitled Mystery and Manners, the author discusses her aesthetical and literary theories, and the art of writing fiction in the deep south. She argues that it is impossible for the southern writer to divorce her sensibilities from the intensity of interpersonal relationships so common among southerners. For example, the presence […] Read more »