The other day I received, in a large envelope from June Klins, three copies of June’s newsletter The Spirit of Medjugorje. In addition to enjoying the content of the newsletter, which included a section on the recent ordination of a friend of mine, I noticed that the envelope used the new stamp—which just came out last month—of Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor. Flannery has been issued a beautiful stamp to commemorate her contributions to Arts and Letters. Here is an image:
A few years ago, when I was doing my master’s at Yale, I took a short-story class at the Divinity School. We read almost all of Flannery O’Connor’s short-stories, and it was my first exposure to the writings of this famous, Southern Catholic novelist, experiencing her sharp, gothic prose and witty sense of humor. I ended up writing an academic paper on the theme of mysticism in Flannery’s writings, and an article on her pilgrimage to Lourdes and her meeting with Pope Pius XII.
Recently I came across this video of Flannery reading one of her short stories, you really get a great sense of her thick Southern accent!