Thursday, August 29, 2013

Essentially Mysterious

The image of a cup running over is painful as well as ec-static, and this experience of being pulled outside oneself by “violent grace” was O’Connor’s mission as a communicator. If freaks phenomenalize – or make real to us – sin and guilt and limitation, it perhaps takes an equally gratuitous, or freakish, story to communicate forgiveness.
And for yet another (hilarious) example of O’Connor and the freakish, be sure to check out her first appearance in a movie at age 6, of which she reportedly said, “everything afterward has been anticlimax.”

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