Reconcile Yourself to Resurrection!

When a Catholic comes from Confession, he does truly, by definition, step out again into that dawn of his own beginning. . .The accumulations of time can no longer terrify. He may be grey and gouty; but he is only five minutes old. - G.K. Chesterton

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...]

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 … [Read more...]

French Kids Rescued from “the tyranny of their own desires…” – UPDATED

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Over on Facebook, Melanie Bettinelli -- the wise and graceful blogress at The Wine Dark Sea -- posted this article from Psychology Today on Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD, or at least not the way American kids seem to have it.To the extent that French clinicians are successful at finding and repairing what has gone awry in the child's social context, fewer children qualify for the ADHD diagnosis. Moreover, the definition of ADHD is not as broad as in the American system, which, in my view, … [Read more...]

“A Question of Liberty Allowing us a Religion”

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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 … [Read more...]

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 abso … [Read more...]

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 6-11-35Nanny 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...]

Chesterton and Tea Parties – UPDATED

It cannot be too often repeated that all real democracy is an attempt (like that of a jolly hostess) to bring the shy people out. For every practical purpose of a political state, for every practical purpose of a tea-party, he that baseth himself must be exalted. At a tea-party it is equally obvious that he that exalteth himself must be abased, if possible without bodily violence. Now people talk of democracy as being coarse and turbulent; it is a self-evident error in mere history. Aristocracy … [Read more...]

Sarah Palin is Alive! – UPDATED

Longtime readers know that, while there is much that I admire about Sarah Palin, I am still on the fence about any notion that she should run for president.My reservations stem in part from some of Palin's own moves, but it may be her base that really sours me on her; not even mild and constructive criticism, rendered with a dollop of sympathy can be endured by some members of Palin's over-protective base.I understand why they are overprotective; no politician in my memory has ever been … [Read more...]

The Ball & the Cross & the Bread

[In Chesterton's novel The Ball and the Cross, old Turnbull, the atheist] starts falling in love with a young Catholic woman named Madeleine. . . she finally talks to him not only about his duel, but about the sacraments:He advanced upon Madeleine with flaming eyes, and almost took her by the two shoulders. "I do not love God," he cried, . . . "I do not want to find Him; I do not think he is there to be found. I must burst up the show; I must and will say everything. You are the happiest … [Read more...]

Common Sense 101

Jesus teaches us, "I tell you truly, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, will never enter it." There is a challenge with Chesterton. The challenge is this: we have to adjust our whole way of thinking when we read him. We are not used to thinking in the language he uses. But if we can learn to think his thoughts with him, he can reawaken in us that sense of wonder that will enable us to become like little children. And we can step closer to the Kingdom of … [Read more...]


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