Everything That Rises Must Converge is a collection of short stories written by Flannery O'Connor during the final decade of her life. The title Everything That Rises Must Converge refers to a work by the French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin titled the "Omega Point": "Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge." A genius of the American short story, O'Connor died when she was just 39 of Lupus, the same disease that killed her father. Her writing is best-known for its explorations of religious themes and southern racial issues, and for combining the comic with the tragic.