Enough

Listen to Audio For years Frederick Buechner said that his father died of heart trouble.  In a manner of speaking that’s true. The elder Buechner died of an extreme case of a heart condition that many of us suffer. He finally succumbed to the nagging sense that he was not enough. Buechner’s father committed suicide…

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Losing My Graceless Religion

Flannery O’Connor’s stories are full of religious people.  People whose religious purity and moral rectitude would, to borrow a phrase from Anne Lamott, make Jesus drink gin straight from the cat dish. For instance, there’s Mrs. Turpin from the short story “Revelation.”  Serenely confident of her own goodness and of her good standing with Jesus,…

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