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