Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Flannery O'Connor Stamp

I love surprises ... and lookie! The new Flannery stamps!!! Quick, take a picture, I told my son, before I ripped the package open. 

There was a book on prayer and a beautiful notecard with St. Paul of the Cross with this quote: We ought to glory in nothing other than the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are blessed and don't know it. You have Jesus Crucified with you. 

How these words inflame my own heart to suffer well. And then there was another well-packed thing to open. I certainly did not expect Flannery framed. She's on my desk, and I love that she might be looking down at me and praying for me. Thank you, my friend, for such a beautiful gift!

I've read several of her books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her letters are a wonder. She is funny and gracious and full of wisdom. I don't think I will ever tire of re-reading her stories. They are electric. But the one book I return to most often is MYSTERY AND MANNERS, a must for writers.

And lookie what else I found online: If Flannery had a blog! Check it out. It has quotations, essays, and even advice on where to begin with if you are interested in reading Flannery.


Mirka Breen said...

The framed stamp photo is awesome. So is your love for this stamp and the message.

Leandra Wallace said...

I'm so in love w/the name Flannery. When I was researching names for my New Orleans story and saw it, I knew it was a winner right away. I actually don't know much about Flannery O'Connor-- something I should remedy!

Yanting Gueh said...

I'll be sure to check out her MYSTERY AND MANNERS!

Vijaya said...

Mirka, we should all have friends such as mine :)
Leandra, I remember that you wanted to use Flannery in your NO novel ... and you must read some of the great Flannery's books.
Claudine, you will love M&M

Anonymous said...

I love stamps--these are beautiful!