Marked for Christ

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Anna Keating writes in America that “the symbols of Catholicism—crosses, icons, rosaries, paintings and medals—easily translate into tattoo art . . . the saints of today may look different than those of ages past.” A story of two young Catholics and their religious tattoos here: Marked for Christ

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Flannery O’Connor’s Manhattan Memorial

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Flannery O'Connor

“I can with one eye squinted take it all as blessing.”

This week, Flannery O’Connor was inducted into the American Poets Corner at St. John the Divine parish, the “only shrine to American literature in the country.” Read more from The New Yorker here: Flannery O’Connor’s Manhattan Memorial

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TCC Playlist: Mary Queen of Arkansas by Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen was raised Catholic. He’s said of his roots, “It’s like Al Pacino in ‘The Godfather’: I try to get out, but they pull you back in! Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Influenced by Flannery O’Connor, and the imagery of his Catholic childhood, Springsteen writes songs about sin, temptation, forgiveness, life, death, hope, love, brotherhood, and injustice. His songs describe a world that is both broken and redeemed. We recommend “Mary Queen of Arkansas” from his first album. Listen to it after the jump:

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