‘Well, it will have helped us to feel that we behaved decently till the end. And much more, it will have helped people everywhere, who will be saved for the righteous few among them, as it says in the Bible. Of course, Quangel, it would have been a hundred times better if we’d had someone who could have told us such and such is what you have to do; our plan is this and this. But if there had been such a man in Germany, then Hitler would never have come to power in 1933. As it was, we all acted alone, we were caught alone, and every one of us will have to die alone. But that doesn’t mean that we ARE alone, Quangel, or that our deaths will be in vain. Nothing in this world is done in vain, and since we are fighting for justice against brutality, we are bound to prevail in the end.’
‘And what good will that do us, down in our graves?’
‘Quangel, I ask you! Would you rather live for an unjust cause than die for a just one?’” from Hans Fallada's, "Every Man Dies Alone"
IN OTHER NEWS:
Speaking of such things, at our last meeting of the G. K. Chesterton Society we got on the topic of momento mori or "remember death." M found this from St. Mienrad's Abbey we you can preorder your casket. "It appears that you can order them ahead of time ("If the casket is not to be used immediately, the purchaser is responsible for its care,just as one would care for any fine wood furnishing.") Talk about memento mori: put one of these in the living room!"
The Diocese of Cleveland Enewsletter reports, "The closing of St. Emeric parish in Cleveland on June 30th signaled the completion of one phase of the reconfiguration process involving 50 churches across the eight counties of the Diocese." It goes on to report that parish closings are only the beginning for the Vibrant Parish Life Initiative. Read more here.
Wayne sent in this cool site for Catholic T-shirts. Lots of quotes from Chesterton. They LOOK like the shirts younger, "hipper" people than me are wearing, but they the messages are far better. Thanks Wayne.
Someone wrote to ask if anyone can come to a Chesterton meeting. If you like Chesterton just go to the Chesterton picture to your right to see the readings and date of the next meeting.
Here is a 1:29 video of St. Peter's Square.