Flannery O'Connor and William Paul Young

America magazine’s Books and Culture section looks at Flannery O’Connor and William Paul Young, two writers at opposite ends of the literary quality spectrum. Young, author of the best-selling The Shack, holds up the low-quality end of the scale.  I started The Shack but didn’t finish it.  After reading David Nantais fair-minded America piece I realized that there is more to the book than I saw in my literary snobbery.  Jon Sweeney’s piece on O’Connor […]

The List 5.25.09: What Happened at Vatican II

The List is a weekly feature highlighting something remarkable, offbeat, or otherwise noteworthy from the world of the Jesuits and Ignatian spirituality. Pope John XXIII proposed the idea of Vatican Council II 50 years ago.  The debate about what happened there continues today.  Was the Council a break with the past?  Or did it reaffirm ancient traditions and doctrines? Both, says Jesuit historian John W. O’Malley in his new book What Happened at Vatican II, […]

Bill Barry on Friendship with God

William Barry, SJ, one of my favorite spiritual writers, has just published a new book: Seek My Face: Prayer as a Personal Relationship in Scripture. I’m looking forward to reading it. Everything Bill Barry writes is good to read. My favorite Barry book is A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God’s Amazing Embrace. His simple point is that God wants a relationship of friendship with us.

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