G.K. Chesterton

Belief, Insight, and the Truth-Telling Thing

The Catholic life sometimes runs: Insight first, then belief. You see a truth and then happily find the Church teaches it. But it often runs: Belief first, then insight. We don’t get very far in the Catholic life without the second. We find, as we grow in our faith, that the belief points us and […]

Actually Progressing

Popping up on Facebook was a short item in those big letters saying: “Progress is a journey, not a destination,” with many, many likes and a great many hearts. + But it’s just no good. Progress has to be a journey to a destination or else it’s just not progress. As Chesterton wrote at the end […]

Why Sin and Evil Actions are Not Unique

Evil recommends the lowest common denominator, but the problem with the lowest common denominator is that it really does make one common, just as the problem with the path of least resistance is that every one takes it in the same manner — by not resisting. Chesterton famously said “a dead thing can go with the […]

G.K. Chesterson on Religious Liberty

Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it. —G.K Chesterton in his Autobiography —I have not read this book but read the quote at the Ignatius Press Chesterton site.  

G.K. Chesterton on Religion and Right and Wrong

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. —G.K. Chesterton, The Catholic Church and Conversion   + Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will […]

The Inextricable Dignity of Fallen Giants (and Every Person)

I have learned that not only are my heroes fallible in ways big and small, but I am too. I have learned that in the midst of my sins and shortcomings, I hunger more for mercy and less for justice. I have come to understand that the world’s shallow judgement of success and failure is […]

The Forgiveness of Sins

Why is it great to be Catholic?  Four words: The forgiveness of sins.  When asked why he chose to become Catholic, English convert and author G.K. Chesterton was brief: “To get rid of my sins.”  That is what Jesus commanded His Church to do by His power: forgive sins (John 20:21-23). The world has seen […]