The Abbess of Andalusia: Flannery O'Connor's Spiritual Journey

Overview


Flannery O'Connor has been studied and lauded under many labels: the Southern author whose pen captured the soul of a proud region struggling to emerge out of racism and poverty, the female writer whose independent spirit and tragically short life inspired a generation of women, the Catholic artist whose fiction evokes themes of sin and damnation, mercy and redemption.

Now, and for the first time, The Abbess of Andalusia affords us an in-depth...

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Overview


Flannery O'Connor has been studied and lauded under many labels: the Southern author whose pen captured the soul of a proud region struggling to emerge out of racism and poverty, the female writer whose independent spirit and tragically short life inspired a generation of women, the Catholic artist whose fiction evokes themes of sin and damnation, mercy and redemption.

Now, and for the first time, The Abbess of Andalusia affords us an in-depth look at Flannery O'Connor the believer.

In these pages you will come to know Flannery O\'Connor not only as a writer and an icon, but as a theologian and apologist; as a spiritual director and a student of prayer; as a suffering soul who learned obedience and merited grace through infirmity; and truly, as the Abbess of her own small, but significant, spiritual house. For decades Flannery O'Connor the author has touched her readers with the brilliance of her books. Now be edified and inspired by the example of her life.

New from Saint Benedict Press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935302162
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press /Tan Books Publishers Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 641,326
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Lorraine V. Murray, PhD, is the author of The Abbess of Andalusia, Grace Notes, Why Me? Why Now?, Confessions of an Ex-Feminist, and mystery novels, Death in the Choir and Death of a Liturgist. She's also a columnist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Bulletin, and works at the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University. Lorraine and her husband, Jef, live in Decatur, Georgia, and are parishioners at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Her website is www.lorrainevmurray.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface Joseph Pearce xiii

Introduction: Afternoon at Andalusia xix

I Her Interior Life 1

1 The Province of Joy: Angels, Demons, and Daily Prayers 3

2 The Little Way at Andalusia: Devotion to the Saints 17

II Spiritual Director by Mail 29

3 Adopted Kin: The Tragic Journey of Betty Hester 31

4 Escape from Nihilism: The Sagas of Alfred Corn and Roslyn Barnes 55

III A Ministry of Writing 69

5 A "Genuine Miracle": Memoir of Mary Ann 71

6 Tempering the Wind to the Lamb: Mentoring Other Writers 91

7 Mortification of the Mind: Writing for the "Cathlick" Press 103

IV Conversion of Heart 117

8 Genius and Much Grace: The Priests in Flannery's Life 119

9 Integrated and Lapped with Azaleas: Overcoming Racism 137

V The Action of Grace 155

10 A Reluctant Pilgrim: The Journey to Lourdes 157

11 Genuine Works of the Lord: Andalusia's Birds and Beasts 167

12 Grace in Suffering: The Cross of Lupus 181

Appendix: Prayer to St. Raphael 207

About the Author 209

Bibliography 211

Notes 215

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