Today, June 14th is the anniversary of the death of GK Chesterton. A man who wrote powerfully in defense of the truth, yet always respected those with whom he disagreed. If he is a saint, then I pray through his intercession that our controversies in Guam be conducted with the same charity, and defense of the truth.You might enjoy this short biography.
G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936) On this day, 14 June, in 1936 died G.K. Chesterton, writer and journalist. His writings – stories, essays, poems, books, journalism – are infused with an unequalled joy and love of truth. In youth, he went through a crisis of nihilistic pessimism and it was his recovery from this that led him to God and ultimately to conversion. “The Devil made me a Catholic,” he said – meaning that it was the experience of evil and nothingness that convinced him of the goodness and sanity of the world and his creator. His poem “The Ballade of a Suicide” celebrates the salvific value of ordinary things; his novel, “The Man who was Thursday,” narrates the fight for sanity in an insane world and ponders the paradox of God; and “Orthodoxy”, written long before he became a Catholic, highlights orthodoxy not as a dead and static thing but as the only possible point of equilibrium between crazy heresies any one of which would drive us mad. He took part in all the major controversies of his age, and was a lifelong adversary and friend of socialists and atheists such as George Bernard Shaw. These controversies were conducted with passion but with unfailing charity: he never sought to defeat his opponents, only to defeat their ideas. He would never cheat to score a point: and his love for the people he fought against is something that all controversialists should imitate, however hard it may be.God bless you all.
With you in the struggle,
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” G. K. Chesterton