What is it that makes a piece of literature seem Catholic to non-Catholic readers? Some might read say: Tim Powers Declare and/or J.R.R. Tolkein's Ring trilogy and they say: well that's Catholic literature! Tim was told his book was "overtly Catholic" and was criticized for it (he still won the World Fantasy Award for it by the way...'nuff said ). But how so? What makes it that way? Tim's work, among all writers, is actually NOT overt in this way.
The truth is, I am a practicing Catholic, right? This is going to be there in my writing - this kind of spirituality, which is a quiet, deep, personal relationship with Christ (despite some claims to the contrary) is imbued in our everyday lives, and often inseparable and indistinguishable from what we are. Most can sense the Catholicism of writers like Tim or even Flannery O'Conner - but they cannot say for certain where or what it is. It is a culture steeped in faith, a spiritual culture that calls us to see the physical world as an extension of the metaphysical or spiritual. As a result, reflections of the physical world in any form of self expression will reveal this spiritual culture.
Good stuff! Be sure and read the follow-up post about Catholic author Dean Koontz!