Finer Femininity brings us another excerpt from Light and Peace, this time an excellent review of confession with several good quotes from St. Francis de Sales.
"When Alaric the Visigoth sacked Rome in the 5th century, he demanded 3,000 pounds of peppercorns as part of his ransom" and other spicy history details abound in "How Salt and Pepper Became the Yin and Yang of Condiments" on Gizmodo.
Flannery O'Connor: “Dear Lord, please make me want You. It would be the greatest bliss … to have the want driving in me, to have it like a cancer in me. It would kill me like a cancer and that would be the Fulfilment.” The Atlantic heralds the November publication of Flannery's prayer journal and delves into the ironies of her work, HT to Ethika Politika.