Some of the blogs I follow have appointed specific days for specific posts. One blog has “Moltman Mondays” another has “Fridays with Benedict” and another one reserves Mondays as the day for sharing their confessions. Inspired both by their creativity and their consistency I’m happy to announce: Fridays with Flannery.
Most days you’ll be seeing a quote from her letters, collected in The Habit of Being, or some of her other non-fiction. On occasion I may share a bit of her fiction but I want to be careful not to spoil any of it by quoting it out of it’s natural habitat.
“I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. A faith that just accepts is a child’s faith and all right for children, but eventually you have to grow religiously as every other way, though some never do.
What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. If you feel you can’t believe, you must at least do this: keep an open mind. Keep it open toward faith, keep wanting it, keep asking for it, and leave the rest to God. ”
She squeezes the sentimentality out of faith while so many can’t bear faith without sentimentality. It’s hard to imagine a more timely or weighty voice.