God & the Desert

'Darling'

A Spiritual Autobiography
Richard Rodriguez
Viking, $26.95, 256 pp.

“I really don’t know how to explain it,” Archbishop Anthony Bloom said, “but it seems to me that the word ‘belief’ is misleading. It gives the impression of something optional, which is within our powers to choose or not. What I feel very strongly about it is that I believe because I know that God exists, and I’m puzzled how you manage not to know.” This was forty-some years ago, and the Orthodox priest was a guest on a BBC television program, in respectful conversation with a similarly...

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Michael O. Garvey is the author of Finding Fault (Thomas More Press).