© Jeff Parker, Florida Today

Century Marks

Hound of heaven: Poet Mary Karr has chronicled her life growing up in a dysfunctional family in two best-selling memoirs (The Liar’s Club and Cherry). In an interview with Image (Winter), she reports that she’s at work on a third memoir that will likely bring her life up to the point when she came to faith as a Christian. Karr says she first went to church at the urging of her young son, who said he wanted “to see if God is there.” After trying several churches and a Jewish temple, the two attended a Catholic mass. Afterward she told the priest, “I am taking my kid to this church the way I take him to soccer, a game I don’t particularly like.” The priest replied, “God’s after you.” She says she liked the priest’s playfulness and the way the people in the parish were engaged in each other’s lives. Eventually she found the experience of Eucharist to be healing, especially for the anger she harbored toward her mother.


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