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Thank You J.D. Salinger

Frank at Why I'm Catholic writes how one particular work of JD Salinger helped him become a better Catholic. It's funny that he wrote this because this is my story too. I'd never heard of the Jesus prayer until Salinger. And I find Franny and Zooey to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever read:

J.D. Salinger died yesterday at the age of 91 and, full disclosure, I’ve never read The Catcher in the Rye. Nor have I bothered getting detailed autobiographical information on Mr. Salinger. I can only say that his work had an effect on my prayer life, thus proving once again, to me anyway, that God continues to work through the secular in unexpected ways.
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2 comments:

Sarah said...

We used to read the passage about "Doing it for the Fat Lady" - the one with cancer, you know?- before every performance of our theater group at our Catholic high school. Looking back, it was JD Salinger's version of Mother Theresa's "Jesus in distressing disguise" and a reminder that no matter what we do in life, we should always do it for Jesus.

I wasn't Catholic then, or even a believer, but looking back, it's one of the more profound things I remember from that time.

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