Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Adult Faith Formation, October 4th, Flannery O'Connor, Session 3 -- A Temple of the Hoy Ghost and The Enduring Chill (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

 In this week's class, we discuss the two most Catholic stories of Flannery O'Connor: A Temple of the Holy Ghost, and The Enduring Chill.

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Flannery O’Connor

Session 3: Temple of the Holy Ghost, and The Enduring Chill

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”


October 8th – Good Country People, and Enoch and the Gorilla

October 15th – A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Letters and Essays


Themes in Temple of the Holy Ghost

A. Pride in intelligence, judgmentalism of the girl

B. Male/female dynamics and attraction, purity

C. Recognizing that all men are made in the image and likeness of God

D. Vocal prayer, mental prayer, Eucharistic Adoration

E. Recognizing the Real Presence in the Eucharist, and the presence of God in others


Themes in The Enduring Chill

A. Parent/child dynamics, ungratefulness

B. Northern/Southern lifestyle divide and Northern Colleges

C. Worldly/sophisticated priests vs true pastors of souls

D. Segregation and racism

E. Illness as an opportunity for conversion and grace




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