Tuesday, May 6, 2003

For your consideration:

My review of Paul Elie's The Life You Save May Be Your Own, a book which looks at the lives of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, and Thomas Merton in the context of a particular kind of pilgrimage:

“In their different ways, the four writers this book is about sought the truth personally – in charity, in prayer, in art, in philosophy. Their writing was the most personal way of all, for in the act of reading and writing one stranger and another go forth to meet in an encounter of the profoundest sort..They saw religious experience out before them. They read their way toward it. They believed it. They lived it. They made it their own. With us in mind, they put it in writing.”

Comment here on the review, or on any of these figures.