Many years ago, one of my favorite homilists – Redemptorist Father Greg Weist – moderated our monthly book club that featured Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories Everything That Rises Must Converge. He opened the discussion with these words, “The kingdom of heaven is like a pig farm…” It was a brilliant way to begin a discussion of a complex collection. His statement referred to the story “Revelation” about a prideful woman. Father Greg explained that Ms. O’Connor’s stories were parables in the form Jesus used to make his lessons easier to comprehend.
I’ve explored similar thoughts recently. The words “As It Is Written” appear hundreds of times in the Bible. I’ve attempted to Google how many times, but I have no definite number.
I have come to learn that divine inspiration is not limited to people or things religious. I first began to recognize that truth some three decades ago, and the concept was core to my prayer book The Vitruvian Man’s Book of Hours. In the book’s introduction, I wrote,
“Victor Hugo was as divinely inspired to write Les Misérables as whatever hand was inspired to write Genesis… Leonard Cohen when he wrote “Hallelujah” as David to write the psalms.”The Vitruvian Man’s Book of Hours
I’ve decided to introduce a new page on this, my writing website to explore divinely inspired passages I’ve encountered in print, music, and film. I hope you find value in these musings. I will call the page “As It Is Written.” I encourage you to suggest passages you might think are worthy to explore to make the world a better place to be.