Flannery O'Connor's Last Novel

July 8-15, 2013 Podcast

Paul Elie talks with Kevin Spinale, S.J, about the Catholic Book Club selection for June, Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away. Elie is the author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own and Reinventing Bach. His essay on "Love and Violence" in the work of Caravaggio appears in the new book, Not Less Than Everything:Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience, from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero. Kevin Spinale's introduction to The Violent Bear It Away and the conversation that followed can be found here.

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Peter Oxenhandler
5 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. I wrote a paper called "The Action of Grace in the work of Flannery O'Connor" when I was in college. After thirteen years in Catholic schools - it was O'Connor who restored my faith in Catholicism. As to the "violence" in Connecticut and Boston, consider the work of James Tracey PhD at memoryholeblog.com with this scripture passage in mind...


(Matthew 11:12)

And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away.


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