The Theological Imagination of David Foster Wallace, Part One

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David Foster Wallace

The brilliant writer David Foster Wallace, who took his own life, went to church all the time and twice went through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in order to become a Catholic, but, like Simone Weil, he was never baptized. Read the entire article in Patheos here: The Theological Imagination of David Foster Wallace, Part One  Then read some of his writing: This Is Water

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The Prayer of St. Francis illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg

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Prayer of St. Francis

Many Catholics and non-Catholics alike are familiar with “The Prayer of St. Francis” which begins, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” If you don’t already know it, this might be a good prayer to learn by heart.  In addition, we recommend the illustrated version by the artist and wood engraver Fritz Eichenberg. Eichenberg was born into a Jewish family in Germany in 1901. He was forced to flee Germany in the 1930s because he was an outspoken critic of the Nazis. He and his wife settled in New York.  Raised in a non-religious family, Eichenberg was a great seeker.  He studied Taoism as a child and became a Quaker Christian as an adult. Eichenberg illustrated many books, and also did work for The Catholic Worker newspaper in New York City. See more of his art after the jump:

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