Wednesday, August 01, 2012

G. K. Chesterton

Fr Schofield:

"As we offer this Mass, we think of Chesterton becoming a Catholic at last in 1922, ninety years ago almost exactly to the day, at the Railway Hotel in Beaconsfield (which was then being used as a temporary Mass centre for local Catholics).

"As Mgr Ronald Knox said shortly after his death, his conversion followed the law that ‘if you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time! That was all that happened when Chesterton was converted. He had looked for the thousandth time at the Catholic faith and for the first time he saw it.

"Nothing in the Church was new to him, and yet everything was new to him; he was like the man in his own story who had wandered round the world in order to see, with fresh eyes, his own home."

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1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for posting this. It's nice to see that The Vatican has picked up on Chesterton sermon given at an Old Rite Mass;