By Flannery O'Connor
"I wish to write a gorgeous prayer," writes the younger Flannery O'Connor during this deeply religious magazine, lately came upon between her papers in Georgia. "There is an entire brilliant international round me that I will be in a position to flip in your praise." Written among 1946 and 1947 whereas O'Connor used to be a scholar faraway from domestic on the collage of Iowa, A Prayer magazine is a unprecedented portal into the inner lifetime of the nice author. not just does it map O'Connor's singular courting with the divine, however it exhibits how entwined her literary hope used to be along with her craving for God. "I needs to write down that i'm to be an artist. now not within the experience of aesthetic frippery yet within the feel of aesthetic craftsmanship; in a different way i'll think my loneliness regularly . . . i don't are looking to be lonely all my existence yet humans purely make us lonelier by way of reminding us of God. expensive God please aid me to be an artist, please permit it bring about You."
O'Connor couldn't be extra simple approximately her literary ambition: "Please support me pricey God to be a very good author and to get anything else accepted," she writes. but she struggles with any hint of self-regard: "Don't enable me ever imagine, expensive God, that i used to be whatever however the device to your story."
As W. A. periods, who knew O'Connor, writes in his advent, it used to be no accident that she begun writing the tales that might turn into her first novel, Wise Blood, in the course of the years while she wrote those singularly ingenious Christian meditations. together with a facsimile of the whole magazine in O'Connor's personal hand, A Prayer Journal is the checklist of a super younger woman's coming-of-age, a cry from the center for romance, grace, and art.
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The nearness I mean comes after death perhaps. It is what we are struggling for and if I found it either I would be dead or I would have seen it for a second and life would be intolerable. I don’t know about this or anything. It sounds puerile my saying anything so obvious. My dear God, to keep myself on a course, I am going to consider Faith, Hope, and Charity. Now Faith. Of the three, this gives me the most mental pain. At every point in this educational process, we are told that it is ridiculous and their arguments sound so good it is hard not to fall into them.
Those interested in examining the original text may find it at the back of this volume, in O’Connor’s own hand. A PRAYER JOURNAL [UNDATED ENTRIES] […]1 effort at artistry in this rather than thinking of You and feeling inspired with the love I wish I had. Dear God, I cannot love Thee the way I want to. You are the slim crescent of a moon that I see and my self is the earth’s shadow that keeps me from seeing all the moon. The crescent is very beautiful and perhaps that is all one like I am should or could see; but what I am afraid of, dear God, is that my self shadow will grow so large that it blocks the whole moon, and that I will judge myself by the shadow that is nothing.
The devil is the greatest believer & he has his reasons. 1/11/47 Can we ever settle on calling ourselves mediocre—me on myself? If I am not this or that that someone else is, may I not be something else that I am that I cannot yet see fully or describe? I go back, and […] St. Thomas […]4 Rousseau has it that the Protestant has to think; the Catholic to submit. , about the nature of man’s relation to God. This is interesting. Catholicism being a guide book to the only means of communication is worth submitting to in the Catholic’s view.
A prayer journal by Flannery O'Connor