Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"Mortality is but the Stuff you wear"

MORTALITY is but the Stuff you wear 
To show the better on the imperfect sight. 
Your home is surely with the changeless light 
Of which you are the daughter and the heir. 
For as you pass, the natural life of things 
Proclaims the Resurrection: as you pass 
Remembered summer shines across the grass 
And somewhat in me of the immortal sings. 

You were not made for memory, you are not 
Youth's accident I think but heavenly more; 
Moulding to meaning slips my pen's poor blot 
And opening wide that long forbidden door 
   Where stands the Mother of God, your exemplar. 
   How beautiful, how beautiful you are! 

~H. Belloc: Sonnets and Verse, VII (1923)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

St. Patrick

"We know that among the marks of holiness is the working of miracles. Ireland is the greatest miracle any saint ever worked. It is a miracle and a nexus of miracles. Among other miracles it is a nation raised from the dead."

~Hilaire Belloc

Read the complete essay,
St. Patrick

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Teaching is today ruined"

"Now teaching is today ruined. The old machinery by which the whole nation could be got to know all essential human things, has been destroyed, and the teaching of history in particular has been not only ruined but rendered ridiculous."

~Hilaire Belloc: On The Reading Of History

Monday, February 26, 2018

"Positive falsehoods were increasingly suggested"

“MEN GRADUALLY came to notice that one thing after another of great public interest, sometimes of vital public interest, was deliberately suppressed in the principal great official papers, and that positive falsehoods were increasingly suggested, or stated.”

~Hilaire Belloc: The Free Press: An essay on manipulation of news and opinion, and how to counter it.

The Free Press is available at IHS Press and Amazon

Friday, February 9, 2018

Gilbert Chesterton in English Letters

"It seems to me that Gilbert Chesterton at his baptism was visited by three fairies. Two good and one evil one. The two good fairies were the Fairy of fecundity in speech and the Fairy of wide appreciation. The bad fairy was struck dead as she entered the church—and serve her right. He was blessed in knowing nothing of the acerbities which bite into the life of writing men."

~Hilaire Belloc: On the Place of Gilbert Chesterton in English Letters

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The towering name of St. Thomas Aquinas

"...and, in philosophy, which determines all, the towering name of St. Thomas Aquinas. He established during that great time a body of co- ordinated doctrine and philosophy which no one had yet possessed. The scale of his work is on a par with its cultural value. He seemed to have put his seal upon the civilization which he adorned, and, through his establishment of right reason in philosophy, his marriage of Catholicism with the Aristotelian wisdom, to have set up a structure that would endure for ever and give a norm to our civilization."

~Hilaire Belloc: The Crisis of Our Civilization. (1937)


"Apotheosis of Thomas Aquinas" by Francisco de Zurbaran.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

“The New Paganism"

“The New Paganism advances over the modern world like a blight over a harvest. You may see it in building, in drawing, in letters, in morals.”

~Hilaire Belloc:  Survivals and New Arrivals: The Old and New Enemies of the Catholic Church.

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