The Presence of Grace in Flannery O’Connor
There’s little healing in the work of Flannery O’Connor. Grace happens despite the fallen state of the characters. Indeed, if they were not fallen, they would be in no need of grace, but the bestowal of grace doesn’t lead to their healing. Usually, the characters end up worse than they were before. They often don’t even realize they have been recipients or catalysts of grace, and then only the reader realizes that grace has blown through the end of the story like a sudden wind.