“A Question of Liberty Allowing us a Religion”

We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong. In these current fashions it is not really a question of the religion allowing us liberty; but (at the best) of the liberty of allowing us a religion. These people merely take the modern mood, with much in it that is amiable and much that is anarchical and much that is merely dull and obvious, and then require any creed to be cut down to fit that mood. But the mood would exist even without the creed. They say they want a religion to be practical, when they would be practical without any religion. They say they want a religion acceptable to science, when they would accept the science even if they did not accept the religion. They say they want a religion like this because they are like this already. They say they want it, when they mean that they could do without it.”
—G.K. Chesterton

From his book The Catholic Church and Conversion

About Elizabeth Scalia
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  • Elaine S.

    Off-topic but related to a previous post… on Election Day you mentioned how praying the Divine Office had helped you put the “most important election ever!” in perspective and kept you grounded when you might otherwise be going nuts. Well, I decided to start doing the same after Election Day. I now pray Morning and Evening Prayer daily and (most of the time) Night Prayer from the “Shorter Christian Prayer” book, or from divineoffice.org. I think it has helped keep me from sliding into despair and anxiety. So thank you, Lizzie, for sharing that with us!

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  • Victor

    (((They say they want a religion like this because they are like this already. They say they want it, when they mean that they could do without it.”)))

    This reminds me that the mother of our oldest daughter’s loving husband (God Bless her soul) died at the beginning of this month and our angel was chosen to do the service. The day before she asked if “I” would listen to “IT” bu t “I” was a little under the weather so “I” convinced her that she would do a great job and long story short, Tammy spoke and Randy her husband played guitar and they both did an excellent job.

    Anyway longer story short, I went back in to complement our oldest angel and said while her friends were listening, I said in so many words, “when “I” start my new religion, I’ll be sure to make you my first preachtest and a son of Robin was heard saying something like. Yes, she’ll do a great job cause she’s got her father’s gab. :)

    What “I’M” trying to say Anchoress is that all me, myself, i, my soul and spirit really need is “Jesus” and were proud to receive what we need with The Catholic Church bu t until The Next coming, partender http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9630UB3RTXI&feature=mr_meh&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CdkjudUxuN7u7JW3qfC65R&playnext=0

    http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=18142394&postID=3854290794453920558&page=1&token=1353878613028

    http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/2012/11/bbc-creates-assisted-suicide-sitcom/#comments

    Peace


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