Flannery O’Connor on Easter

“For me it is the virgin birth, the Incarnation, the resurrection which are the true laws of the flesh and the physical. Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of these laws. I am always astonished Continue reading


J.R.R. Tolkien on Easter and Eucatastrophe

In his wonderful lecture, On Fairy-StoriesJ.R.R. Tolkien writes of Easter as “the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe”:

“The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. It has preeminently Continue reading

Pity and the Christian Imagination

“When you visualized a man or a woman carefully, you could always begin to feel pity . . . that was a quality God’s image carried with it . . . when you saw the lines at the corners of the eyes, the shape of the mouth, how the hair grew, it was impossible to hate. Hate was just a failure of imagination.”

-Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory

Easter Story: The Power and the Glory

Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory is a perfect Easter story.

Graham Greene cover art, the labyrinthine ways, penguin publishers way of the martyrIt is the 1930’s and the (unnamed) Mexican state of Tabasco has outlawed Christ and killed most of His priests. The flawed whiskey priest hopes to escape and take the easy road to Vera Cruz, but through slow difficulty realizes that the way of the vera cruz, the “true cross,” is the path of the martyr. Originally released in the US as “The Labyrinthine Ways,” The Power and the Glory is set in a maze-like world of darkness, and the symbol standing at the edge of that maze–the cross–is the same one standing at the center of our own world and history.

“He knew now that at the end there was only one thing that counted – to be a saint.”