I haven’t lost my faith but I’ve lost my religion. I still believe in something so deeply. … I’ve never really gotten past that quote from Anne Frank in her diary, where she says that people are really good at heart. But I feel like the Catholic Church – no – the Catholic hierarchy has been disinviting people like me and especially women like me for so many years that I finally took the hint.
I also loved this part of the interview…
“I think not going anymore made me realize how much of the good had been imprinted deep inside me and how much of the rest I didn’t need,” she says. “I don’t have to listen to the Gospel on Sunday to know the stories of the New Testament. They inform so much of what I write that they’re practically like a news scrim that goes through my brain 24/7. And I don’t have to listen to a sermon to know what to think or feel about them. It’s almost as if I absorbed completely what mattered most to me and the rest could go.”
As someone who grew up in the Greek Orthodox church, and now belongs to no particular religious sect, this interview was especially great to read. Spirituality itself transcends organized religion, in my opinion. I think of “god” as simply a concept, which ranges from the discoveries of physics to the beauty of a flower or great painting."