Read the fine review of Catherine Chandler’s The Frangible Hour in The Weekly Standard. The reviewer, James Matthew Wilson, discerned Catherine’s subtle fusion of faith and physics. Like the great first scientists, Kepler and Newton, Catherine acknowledges divine order even though the world appears disorderly. But there is a side to her work that inclines my heart and mind more to the Beatitudes, to things lowly and vulnerable and to mystery and redemptive power of suffering. Flannery O’Connor also kept a steady eye on the mystery of suffering and its redemptive force. But how different the tones! O’Connor drives home her theology with masculine force; Chandler chooses a more gentle pallet, and employs it without trumpet or drum.


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