Bruno M. Shah, OP Pathetic Sacrifice Christian Love in the Poetry of Mary Karr, as Found in Sinners Welcome Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. . . . If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. (2 Cor 1:36) This article aims to uncover and assess the descending theology of love in Sinners Welcome (2006), the most recent collection of poems by Mary Karr.1 A reading that is specifically theological will help to articulate how Karr's poetry--in its unity of subject matter and style--is a dynamic reflection on the mystery of Christian love. I will draw fundamental insights for this project from Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical on Christian love, Deus caritas est (2006).2 I. Proem: Poetry and Theological Reflection Karr's work has been widely praised in the contemporary literary scene. Her best selling The Liars' Club (1995) is considered to have helped rejuvenate the memoir genre. And her award-winning
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