Tag Archives: Catholicism

Flannery O’Connor on Lenten Despair

Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” works as a powerful Lenten meditation upon doubt and salvation.

Posted in O'Connor (Flannery) | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Good Faith Is Hard To Find

Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is a profound meditation on doubt and faith.

Posted in O'Connor (Flannery) | Also tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Dwells in Mercy, Pity, Peace, Love

Pope Francis ! might well embrace the vision of love found in Blake’s “Divine Image.”

Posted in Blake (William) | Also tagged , , | 1 Comment

Pope Retires but Keeps Perks? Hmm

Some of Pope Benedict’s retirement demands sound like King Lear’s.

Posted in Shakespeare (William) | Also tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

How to Imagine Peace

For Levertov, peace is made in the act of imagining it.

Posted in Levertov (Denise) | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Things Fall Apart in Bishops vs. Nuns

Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” contrasts rigid and tolerant Christianity in ways that will benefit our own society.

Posted in Achebe (Chinua) | Also tagged , , | 2 Comments

Ryan, Abortion, and Hardy’s Angel Clare

Paul Ryan may resemble Angel Claire in Hardy’s “Tess of the D’Urbervilles,” but there’s a vicar who shows us a better way of dealing with a “fallen” woman.

Posted in Hardy (Thomas) | Also tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

A Fantasy about the Vatican and Condoms

The Pope’s endorsement of condoms to stop the spread of disease last November prompted the following light poem by Scott Bates.

Posted in Bates (Scott) | Also tagged , , | Comments closed


  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

    Please feel free to e-mail me [rrbates (at) smcm (dot) edu]. I would be honored to hear your thoughts and questions about literature.

  • Sign up for weekly newsletter

    Your email will not be shared or sold.
    * = required field

    powered by MailChimp!
  • Twitter Authentication data is incomplete