Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Brian’s Reflection: Thursday, May 29, 2008


- G. K. Chesterton, English writer,
born on this day, 1874

Well, there were certainly lots of wonderful quotes from Chesterton. It was hard to choose! So, I’ve chosen them all!

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

Gandhi said something of the same thing. And I think it’s true. The Gospel has been eviscerated by people who see what it asks and are terrified. Preachers constantly gut it. (I hope I haven’t; I’ve preached for 40 years about Loving – and that’s the challenge.) Bottom line: Love One Another in the manner of Jesus. Yeah, right!

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

Yep. That’s why Eucharist/Thanksgiving is the heart of Christian worship. Best we pay attention.

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

All extremists, and “righteous” Christians, and touchy Muslims - take note! (It applies to flag worshippers too.)

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

Intellectualize all you want; The “Faith” will die. It’s about Passion and Giving and Wonder.

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.

That’s why the ultimate work of true religion is Know Thyself. It’s the ultimate task of the human spirit.

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.

Amen! If we played more with each other, it would be a hell of a lot more pleasant!


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