Friday, September 30, 2005

Burke on Chesterton on Joy

Cormac Burke, in Authority and Freedom in the Church (p. 143), writes this about GKC and the "gigantic secret":
As Chesterton suggests, it is joy not because we are in the right place, but because we are in the wrong place. We were lost, but Someone has found us and is leading us home. It is joy not because we are alright — we are not — but because Someone can put us right. Christian joy comes from facing up to the one really sad fact of life, which is sin; and countering it with a joyful fact that is even realer and stronger than sin: God's love and mercy.
[cited by Francis Fernandez Carvajal in In Conversation With God, vol. 5, p.145]

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