Born Catholic

Mary Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. She wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. She was a Southern writer who often wrote in what is known as a Southern Gothic style. Her writing reflected her Roman Catholic faith and frequently examined questions of faith, morality and ethics. In a letter to her friend Elizabeth Hester she wrote:

Then another thing, what one has as a born Catholic is something given and accepted before it is experienced. I am only slowly coming to experience things that I have all along accepted.

Good words. May we be intentional, mindful, grateful, curious, and persevere in the Faith we received as our experience grows.

1 thought on “Born Catholic

  1. What a timely message for us cradle Catholics. We recognize the gift of faith and we accept it freely. The missing part is the experience of faith beyond the boundaries of the Mass. As you’ve been saying for some time, many/most of us are living holy lives — but we need to recognize the goodness and holiness in our daily practices — repeat and repeat again — and realize that this is our calling, to live the life we’re given fully integrated in both secular and spiritual elements.

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