For Chesterton’s Birthday, a 30-Quote Salute!

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1) Our Civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. It wishes for light upon that awful matter, it asks men to know no more law than I know, but who can feel the thing that I felt in the jury box. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects … [Read more...]

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85 Years Ago, Chesterton nailed the Boomers

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“A generation is now growing old, which never had anything to say for itself except that it was young. It was the first progressive generation - the first generation that believed in progress and nothing else…. [They believed] simply that the new thing is always better than the old thing; that the young man is always right and the old wrong. And now that they are old men themselves, they have naturally nothing whatever to say or do. Their only business in life was to be the rising generation kno … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis Not Stupid; Knows What Marriage Is

If you can see something that's obvious, it's a pretty sure bet that the Pope can see it, too.:In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world.“The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience.He warned against the common v … [Read more...]

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Reconcile Yourself to Resurrection!

And be renewed!I'll be there, tomorrow, please join me! It has been two months since my last confession, and more than past-time for me to again avail myself of the soul-settling power and grace of this sacrament.And this confession will include -- among my copious other sins large and small -- "I yelled at a guy on the radio and was full of anger and uncharity, when I really did know better, but nobody steps on a nun in my town..." and "I went to Mass unwillingly because sometimes, … [Read more...]

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Would US Elections Still Astound de Tocqueville and Chesterton?

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If you're not subscribing to The Catholic Answer, perhaps the September/October issue running up to the elections will get you to consider it.There, along with some excellent regular columns and the very help Q&A's that define the magazine, you'll find Russell Shaw writing about how Catholics should prepare to vote, and hitting on five notions: 1. Voting is a moral act — don’t vote frivolously or selfishly.2. Don’t compartmentalize politics and morality.3. Don’t absolutize po … [Read more...]

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Chesterton and Lewis on the Tyranny of Bloomberg

G. K. Chesterton's assessment of fundamental liberty: "The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35 Nanny Bloomberg is now going after popcorn and milk products, because he's very enlightened, as is our self-congratulatory and appallingly smug 21st … [Read more...]

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A word from Chesterton

Lumping the wrong things together as evil blurs the lines between right and wrong and leads to chaos. -- G. K. ChestertonAs I mentioned here, I am against a hard deadline, and my obsession, since Tuesday, with Haiti (there is no word, today, from Ed) has really put me up against a wall. Blogging will be light, with an occasional chance of Chesterton quotes. … [Read more...]

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Advent: Bailey, Roarke and Us

One of the best things about this season is that, invariably, someone writes about It's A Wonderful Life, and muses on the complex, sometimes dark character of George Bailey.Portrayed so perfectly by the perpetually likable James Stewart, it is easy to miss the fact that George Bailey is not a simple and good-natured cornpone from upstate New York; he is a man whose heart and faith are essential to him, because they balance out a real bitterness that shows itself in little ways. A man … [Read more...]

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Chesterton & Lewis warn against tyranny

G. K. Chesterton's helpful assessment of fundamental liberty. By his measure, our liberty is indeed threatened."The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35Emphasis mine. Jay at STACLU has a great quote on a similar theme:“Of all tyrannies, a t … [Read more...]

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