Author Name: Anne M. Faye
Contribution to Image and Likeness: “The Walk”
Bio: Anne Faye is a homeschooling mom of three who writes from Western Massachusetts. A member of The Catholic Writers Guild, her novels include Through the Open Window, The Rose Ring, and Sunflowers in a Hurricane. Find Anne on Twitter and Amazon.
About “The Walk”
What inspired you to write this piece?
“The Walk” grew out of a piece of shorter fiction written on the theme of solitude. In that piece, the two characters sat side by side on a bench, each reading a favorite book. When I expanded the piece, I discovered their backstories about what drew them to this place. Why were they there? What wounds were their souls carrying?
What drew you to writing about Theology of the Body in this way?
I think that Theology of the Body is a wonderful ideal, but the reality of life is that we usually can’t live up to that ideal. Marriage is hard; parenting is hard; losing the one you love is hard. This story is about two people at various stages of their marital journeys and the struggles that they are having.
There is a lot of nonfiction out there on TOB, but the amount of fiction and poetry on the subject is certainly on the rise. What is it, do you think, about fiction and poetry that lend themselves to illustrating the tenets of the Theology of the Body?
Nonfiction can sometimes be very preachy whereas fiction and poetry can broach the topic in a gentler manner.
Some TOB stories and poems can be evangelization tools, and some can be messages of encouragement to those of us doing the evangelizing. Which do you think yours is, and why do you think that’s valuable to its audience?
It is an evangelization tool about valuing the relationships and family you do have and understanding that everyone we meet is carrying some sort of cross (even when we look at their lives and think that they have everything we want.)
Your story “The Walk” deals with two people who almost couldn’t be more different: a young, overwhelmed mother and an elderly widower. What commonalities do you think these two characters share, and what do they have to teach us?
Both characters are hurting, albeit in very different ways. In this moment, they reach out to each other, providing compassion and care in an hour of need. Sometimes in life, God places you exactly where you need to be to touch another person’s life. You might never see that person again, but the moment stays with you forever.