In today’s excerpt from Toni Morisson’s novel Beloved, “The Little Light that Might Want to Shine” (CUA Primer, page 56), John D. finds himself at a moment of self-confrontation. Through the novel, a rusted tobacco tin comes to represent John D.’s heart, where he tries to shut up his painful memories. But, in this scene, John D. has “red eyes” from crying, and we see “His tobacco tin, blown open.” The place where this self-confrontation happens is interesting, a former dry-goods store that has been turned into a small church. It’s not all that difficult to think about how self-confrontation and confrontation with God might happen in a grand church, like the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, right next to CUA and with which CUA has a very close relationship. But what about the church described here? How might even a church like this serve as a setting for self-confrontation and confrontation with God?