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Salt of the Earth

G.K. Chesterton...the wittiest of apologetics..and
certainly one of the most well-reasoned
I thought I was hooked on G.K. Chesterton back when I read his work on Saint Francis. Little did I know that this appreciation of G.K. Chesterton would end up paling in comparison to my appreciation of G.K. Chesterton upon listening to the Father Brown series. These audiobooks have been a joy to listen to on the train to/from school. I've liked them so much that I have started replacing music with them as I work in the lab. He writes intelligently, has a sense of humor, and is probably as witty (or even more so) than Mark Twain. For the record, I LOVE Mark Twain's works...so for me to compare Chesterton to Twain is a sign of the greatest honor. I have grown to love Chesterton so much, that I follow the American Chesterton Society on Twitter, shared his quotes on Facebook (before I quit), Twitter, and maybe even on this blog (though I am too pressed for time to sift through my posts for Chesterton at the moment...mass is in less than half an hour).

The American Chesterton Society tweeted a link to a Chesterton excerpt this morning from his Saint Thomas Aquinas and I was hooked. I will now have to get the book and read it...because the following excerpt was LITERARY GOLD that may have earned Chesterton a round of drinks with Saint Thomas of Aquinas himself...because I assume there's pubs in heaven.

For your enjoyment (and to get you hooked on my new friend Chesterton)...the excerpt!
“THE Saint is a medicine because he is an antidote. Indeed that is why the saint is often a martyr; he is mistaken for a poison because he is an antidote. He will generally be found restoring the world to sanity by exaggerating whatever the…world neglects, which is by no means always the same element in every age. Yet each generation seeks its saint by instinct; and he is not what the people want, but rather what the people need. This is surely the very much mistaken meaning of those words to the first saints, “Ye are the salt of the earth,” which caused the Ex-Kaiser to remark with all solemnity that his beefy Germans were the salt of the earth; meaning thereby merely that they were the earth’s beefiest and therefore best. But salt seasons and preserves beef, not because it is like beef; but because it is very unlike it. Christ did not tell his apostles that they were only the excellent people, or the only excellent people, but that they were the exceptional people; the permanently incongruous and incompatible people; and the text about the salt of the earth is really as sharp and shrewd and tart as the taste of salt. It is because they were the exceptional people, that they must not lose their exceptional quality. “If salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted?” is a much more pointed question than any mere lament over the price of the best beef. If the world grows too worldly, it can be rebuked by the Church; but if the Church grows too worldly, it cannot be adequately rebuked for worldliness by the world.”
G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas
 HOW AWESOME IS THIS EXCERPT?!?! A good number of his works are free in pdf. versions online and even Kindle-friendly formats on Amazon.com...so you have no excuse to NOT check out his stuff.

Pax Vobiscum

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