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.”

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