The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor
Growing into God, John R. Mabry, Quest Books, 2012
Kierkegaard for Beginners,
I and Thou, Martin Buber
Notebooks of Simone Weil
The Divine Milieu, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The Life You Save May Be Your Own, Paul Elie
Decreation by Anne Carson
Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor, edited by Sally Fitzgerald
A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor
How does a being gather itself together, that is madly and unceasingly haunted in an empty circle by the separated I?
But you cannot meet others in it [the ordered and detached world]. You cannot hold on to life without it, its reliability sustains you; but should you die in it, your grave would be in nothingness.
Science, on the other hand, has to assert its soberness and seriousness afresh and declare that it is concerned solely with what-is. Nothing—how can it be for science anything but a horror and a phantasm? If science is right, then on thing stands firm: science wishes to know nothing of Nothing.
At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark, which belongs entirely to God… This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us.
There is in my heart this great thirst to recognize totally the nothingness of all that is not God. My prayer is then a kind of praise rising up out of the center of Nothing and Silence. If I am still present “myself” this I recognize as an obstacle about which I do nothing unless he himself removes the obstacle. If he wills he can then make the Nothingness into total clarity. If he does not will, then the Nothingness seems to itself to be an object and remains an obstacle.
Love does not make you weak, because it is the source of all strength, but it makes you see the nothingness of the illusory strength on which you depended before you knew it.
Now such a soul is nothing, for she sees her nothingness by means of the abundance of divine understanding, which makes her nothing and places her in nothingness.
I dreamt that I…was pregnant and full with Nothingness like a woman who is with child. And that out of this Nothingness God was born.
Nothing is the most important part of the universe.
Nothingness represents a return to the lawlessness of the primordial ooze without rules.
Every step towards an origin is also an advance towards a silence.
I do not want to be lonely all my life but people only make us lonelier by reminding us of God.
Flannery O’Connor, A Prayer Journal