Friday, April 3, 2015

Quote of the Day (G.K. Chesterton, on the Passion as a ‘Tragedy of the People’)

"In every century, in this century, in the next century, the Passion is what it was in the first century, when it occurred; a thing stared at by a crowd. It remains a tragedy of the people; a crime of the people; a consolation of the people; but never merely a thing of the period. And its vitality comes from the very things that its foes find a scandal and a stumbling block; from its dogmatism and from its dreadfulness. It lives, because it involves the staggering story of the Creator truly groaning and travailing with his Creation; and the highest thing thinkable passing through some nadir of the lowest curve of the cosmos. And it lives, because the very blast from this black cloud of death comes upon the world as a wind of everlasting life; by which all things wake and are alive.” —G.K. Chesterton, The Way of the Cross (1936)

The image accompanying this post is Christ Carrying the Cross, by Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450–1516)

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