The Important Truths Fiction Can Convey

One of my friends tells me that he is much more interested in reading history than he is in reading fiction. I think he feels that there is more truth in history than there is in fiction.

The Power of O’Connor’s Fiction and Her Faith

Re-reading Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, selected and edited by Sally and Robert Fitzgerald (New York: Farrar, Straus &Giroux, 1961, pp. 237), I have been reminded how insightful and stimulating are Flannery’s insights into the nature of fiction.

Flannery O’Connor’s Insights Into Literature

A few months ago in one of the daily newspapers there was a discussion about whether reading literary masterpieces could influence a reader morally. I regret that I did not follow the discussion closely because I find the topic fascinating.

Author’s Spiritual Journey Towards His Conversion

Topics that I write about in this weekly column are often chosen from some book or article that I have read. I read something that interests me and hope it might interest readers of this column.

Stories Filled with Faith, Hope and Charity

While writing this series of columns about how persons freely create their own stories, I have tried to emphasize the presence of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives.

The Beauty of a Heroic Story Offers Redemption

During the last few weeks, writing this series of columns about how we, along with God, freely create our life stories, has helped me understand my own history better.