The newly unsealed correspondence between Flannery O'Connor and her lesbian friend, Elizabeth Hester, has not exactly led to a flurry of activity. Here's an Atlanta Journal Constitution piece. But here's an audio NPR story, which details O'Connor's predictably grace-filled response to her friend's lesbianism. O'Connor's grace - which permeates her writing - helped bring her friend to the faith. Money quote from O'Connor, in dismissing the notion that she was a mystic rather than a writer:
"All I have is a talent and nothing to do but to cultivate it."
Thank God she did.