Three great quotes

October 30, 2006 | 4 comments

“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.”

~G.K. Chesterton


“Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”

~G.K. Chesterton


“There’s a lot of grumbling among Catholics about the liturgy. Some folks complain that the homily is bad and the hymns are lousy. Others say they don’t get anything out of Mass, because it’s rote ritual. I don’t have any patience for any of this talk. all I can ever say is that I am the biggest liturgical abuse I find in every Mass I attend. I’m the only empty I thing I find in every Mass. It’s me who comes to Mass far less than fully prepared to meet my Maker. It’s my mind that rambles while the priest is up there praying on my behalf. Is it the priest who’s just going through the motions — or is it me?

“Everybody expects the Mass to deliver the goods. But we forget that love is an exchange of gifts, and that in every Mass, God expects us to deliver ourselves to him, too — totally, completely.”

~ David Scott

(via Happy Catholic)


  1. Ersza

    Wow! I love that last quote. I’ll tell you this hits the nail on the head for me for so many putatively Catholic blogs I read. Why must half of all posts be about liturgical abuse? Sure, I like a nice, reverent, kneely mass myself, but I really don’t like to read snarky rants about how somebody doesn’t like somebody else’s church because of the music, placement of tabernacle, decor, architecture, number of EME’s, hand holding during the Our Father, etc. In my opinion, you should take it up with the pastor or vote with your feet, not blog a million words about it. Criminy.

  2. SteveG

    Well said Ersza! My love for Chesterton is well known, but of the three quotes David’s really resonated.

    Having at one time been utterly lost, I am so grateful for the gift of faith, of being Catholic, of being able to receive our Lord (all of which I am unworthy of), that I can’t understand why anyone would waste the time endlessly critiquing the liturgy.

    The word Eucharist is the Greek for Thanksgiving. As far as my imperfect ability to do so allows, I’d rather focus on being thankful than on being a liturgical nitpicker.

  3. Extraordinary Wife

    Wow! I thought I had heard every pithy remark Chesterton ever said. But now that was a real zinger – right to my heart. I think I will print this out and take it with me to Church. Perhaps that will be the attitude adjustment I need to get through Mass. Thanks!

  4. Anonymous

    yes that's Good … but I wish you read about Islam, because Islam is the truth …

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