FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND: The following quotes are taken from the last three chapters of G. K. Chesterton's, "The Club of Queer Trades" which was the reading for last months St. Sebastian Chesterton Society meeting.
QUOTE I "Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction . . for fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore is congenial to it."
QUOTE II "[A]ll women of any kind think all men of an kind mad. But they don't put it in telegrams, any more than they wire to you that the grass is green or God is all-merciful."
QUOTE III "I know of nothing that is safe . . except, possibly - death."
QUOTE IV "I never said a word against eminent men of science. What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it is really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one."
IN OTHER NEWS:
Fr. Ference, a professor of philosophy at our seminary in Wickliffe wishes to invite YOU to attend THE SAINT NICHOLAS BASKETBALL BLOWOUT! Borromeo Seminary (our minor seminary) vs St. May Seminary (our major seminary) will be held at the field house at CPL December 6th at 7:00PM. Free admission, Halftime entertainment, Games and Prizes. All are invited but this is a particularly good time to check out the seminary in a very fun way. Cheer on your favorites: the young guys or the old guys. For more information go here.
Mary sent this in: "Fr. Mike McCandless, the vocations' director for the Diocese of Cleveland is featured in a story in the National Catholic Register on encouraging vocations." Read more here.
From the same source: Fr. Haydu, the international director of The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums was in town recently to give a talk. Unfortunately I read my Email too late to catch it. Here is some information about the organization and about Fr. Haydu's new book.
In his talk he encouraged people to read Pope Francis' thoughts on art and beauty. Here is an excerpt from Evangelii Guadium paragraph 167:
Every form of catechesis would do well to attend to the “way of beauty” (via pulchritudinis). Proclaiming Christ means showing that to believe in and to follow him is not only something right and true, but also something beautiful, capable of filling life with new splendour and profound joy, even in the midst of difficulties. Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus. This has nothing to do with fostering an aesthetic relativism which would downplay the inseparable bond between truth, goodness and beauty, but rather a renewed esteem for beauty as a means of touching the human heart and enabling the truth and goodness of the Risen Christ to radiate within it. If, as Saint Augustine says, we love only that which is beautiful, the incarnate Son, as the revelation of infinite beauty, is supremely lovable and draws us to himself with bonds of love. So a formation in the via pulchritudinis ought to be part of our effort to pass on the faith. Each particular Church should encourage the use of the arts in evangelization, building on the treasures of the past but also drawing upon the wide variety of contemporary expressions so as to transmit the faith in a new “language of parables”.
Along the same lines, the American Chesterton Society has a video on line in which Dale Ahlquist makes the case for Chesterton's canonization. In this video he talks about how, days before he was elected, Pope Francis inquired what could be done by the Spanish speaking world to help move forward Chesterton's cause. There's a guy to have pulling for you! See the video here.
From the Diocese of Cleveland Enewsletter: "WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court will consider the legality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) "preventive services" mandate, which requires virtually all employers to include female sterilization and all drugs and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as contraceptives in their employee health care plans." Read more here.
Ron sent this video in. Thanks.