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G.K. Chesterton cause!

July 15, 2009

chestertonNow this would be really cool!

ZENIT: Why a beatification?

Gulisano: Many people feel there is clear evidence of Chesterton’s sanctity: Testimonies about him speak of a person of great goodness and humility, a man without enemies, who proposed the faith without compromises but also without confrontation, a defender of Truth and Charity. His greatness is also in the fact that he knew how to present Christianity to a wide public, made up of Christians and secular people. His books, ranging from “Orthodoxy” to “St. Francis of Assisi,” from “Father Brown” to “The Ball and the Cross,” are brilliant presentations of the Christian faith, witnessed with clarity and valor before the world.

According to the ancient categories of the Church, we could define Chesterton as a “confessor of the faith.” He was not just an apologist, but also a type of prophet who glimpsed far ahead of time the dramatic character of modern issues like eugenics. The English Dominican Aidan Nichols sustains that Chesterton should be seen as nothing less than a possible “father of the Church” of the 20th century.

ZENIT: What are his heroic virtues?

Gulisano: Faith, hope and charity: These were Chesterton’s fundamental virtues. Moreover, he was innocent, simple, profoundly humble. Though having personally experienced sorrow, he was a chorister of Christian joy. Chesterton’s work is a type of medicine for the soul, or better, it can more precisely be defined as an antidote. The writer himself had actually used the metaphor of antidote to define the effect of sanctity on the world: The saint has the objective of being a sign of contradiction and of restoring mental sanity to a world gone crazy.

(I think he probably means to say “Doctor of the Church,” not “father.”)

Full Zenit article is here.

I’m one of countless people who could say this, but I’ll say it anyway: Orthodoxy is a book that made a big impression on me during my college days (yeah, that’s 20 years ago now), in several ways.  I think it was the first book to make me realize that I don’t have to look at theological and Church issues the way everyone else seemed to, just because they do.  It gave me a tangible sense of the adventure of Christian life and faith.  It also taught me the importance of reason and logic, and how to do that better, more consciously. 

After that, I also read and was impressed by The Everlasting Man.

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