"GO WARN THE CHILDREN OF GOD OF THE TERRIBLE SPEED OF MERCY"
- [W]hen I read Flannery I don't think of Hemingway or Katherine Anne Porter or Sartre, but rather of someone like Sophocles. What more can be said of a writer? I write her name with honor, for all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man's fall and his dishonor.
It is high time I renewed my private devotion to her as an intercessor for my daughter, who was born while I was reading a short story about a character who shared my daughter's name, and whom I would later learn a similar disability, similar also to the one the authoress bore. During my daughter's major surgery, Flannery's letters comforted my in the PICU. Yes, it is time I renewed my devotion.
St. Flannery O'Connor, ora pro nobis