Apropos next month’s meeting, a story about the co-op.
From member Carmen, who seems to be reading a lot of really neat things lately:
From THE HERESY OF FORMLESSNESS; The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy, Martin Mosebach, Ignatius Press, 2006, p. 91: In an essay discussing the post-conciliar liturgy and the campaign against images, Mosebach speaks of the need for a return to the pre-conciliar liturgy of the Mass. ”The greatest liturgical writer of our century was the Russian priest Pavel Florensky who was shot under Stalin’s regime in 1938. He is not a saint of the Orthodox Church, nor is his canonization in view, but I regard it as one of the greatest signs of hope that Pope John Paul II installed Florensky’s picture in his private chapel. Chesterton reminds us that a hope that is based on the least probability cannot actually be described as a Christian virtue. So while it may be naive to hope that a pope who reads Florensky might revitalize the ancient Christian liturgy, there is still plenty of room for a great and absurd Christian hope of this kind.”
From “First Things,” journal of religion and public life, December 2013 issue, the article “The Catholic Writer Today” by Dana Gioia, poet and critic, former chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, current Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California: in a paragraph describing the cultural prominence of mid-century American Catholic letters being amplified by international literary trends, Gioia states that “The British ‘Catholic Revival’ led by writers such as Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edit Sitwell, Ronald Knox, Hilaire Belloc, David Jones, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Jennings, and Anthony Burgess provided a contemporary example of how quickly a Protestant and secular literary culture could be enlivened by new voices. (G. K. Chesterton had died in 1936, but he continued to exercise enormous influence on both British and American writers.)” The paragraph ends with the quotation from Chesterton, “The crowded stars seem bent upon being understood.” In a further paragraph Gioia discusses the current collapse of Catholic literary life and his belief that it reflects a “. . . larger crisis of confidence in the Church.” He then goes on to say, “Needless to say, for Catholicism, this cultural retreat — indeed, this virtual surrender — represents a radical departure from the Church’s traditional role as patron and mentor to the arts. In only fifty years, the patron has become the pariah.” This paragraph ends with the quotation from Chesterton, “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.”
Good things for Chesterton fans to check out and comment on!!!
This comes to us courtesy of member Carmen H.:
In the meantime, I just finished Ceremony of Innocence by Dorothy Cummings McLean, Ignatius Press, 2013, p.144, and came across this reference: Two characters are discussing present-day dysfunction in German society and one says, “That is how it goes, does it not? ’Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold . . . The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.’” ”Who is best?” I asked. ”We here?” I shook my head. ”Chesterton said that the worst spiritual illness is thinking that we are all right.”
The President of the American Chesterton Society will be in St. Louis for the Marian Conference at the Millennium Hotel downtown. He will be speaking Friday January 10 at 9 PM and Saturday January 11 at 1 PM. Sorry for the late notice, but “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly”. $40.00 will get you in the door and you will also have the opportunity to hear Mark Brumly, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, attend Mass, etc. See www.stlmarianconference.net for more information.
Dale has also arranged to be at Hodak’s Restaurant (2100 Gravois Avenue, the intersection of Gravois & McNair) just south of downtown Friday from about 5 to 6:30 to enjoy a St. Louis meal and fellowship with Chestertonians from the area, so if you can make that it would be great!!
And don’t forget out regular monthly meeting January 20th at Helen Fitzgerlds to discuss “Chesterton and Mary”. Should be fascinating!!
Experience the uncommon sense of GK Chesterton in this one-man show. Chuck Chalberg recreates a lecture as it might’ve been in London circa 1920. Come prepared to laugh and be surprised at Chesterton’s take on every modern -ism, and watch him be surprised too. He never quite knows what he’s going to say but it is always worth hearing.
“The opposite of funny is not serious.
The opposite of funny is not funny”.
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Preferred Seating at the show, Season VI of EWTN’s Apostle of Common Sense Series on DVD, Kevin O’Brien’s 12 CD Set The Innocence of Father Brown, and a picture with GK.
Preferred Seating at the show, Kevin O’Brien’s 12 CD Set The Innocence of Father Brown, and a picture with GK.
Preferred Seating at the show and a picture with GK.
If you don’t know, Fr. Boyd is President of the G.K.Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture. There is a short little interview you can listen to on Vatican News Radio by clicking right here.
St. Louis Chesterton Society member Richard Mayer spotted GKC in the Notable and Quotable section of the December 30 edition of the WSJ.
G.K. Chesterton on what constitutes smart social reform.
English writer G.K. Chesterton in “The Thing” (1929):
There exists . . . a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.” . . .
Some person had some reason for thinking [the gate or fence] would be a good thing for somebody. And until we know what the reason was, we really cannot judge whether the reason was reasonable. . . . The truth is that nobody has any business to destroy a social institution until he has really seen it as an historical institution. If he knows how it arose, and what purposes it was supposed to serve, he may really be able to say that they were bad purposes, that they have since become bad purposes, or that they are purposes which are no longer served.
But if he simply stares at the thing as a senseless monstrosity that has somehow sprung up in his path, it is he and not the traditionalist who is suffering from an illusion. . . . This principle applies to a thousand things, to trifles as well as true institutions, to convention as well as to conviction.