AUTHORS PG 4

(Catholic)

INTRODUCTION

Through the ages, Christians have communicated to the world through written works of art. The pen, the typewriter, the computer, or the laptop would crank out words that had the reader witness the beauty of  a romantic world, the horrors of war, the wonder of nature, the suspenseful mysteries, or the heart stopping feats of valor.

The authors are countless but we will read about their lives and their stories.  Their contributions to society are immortalized in their works.

1900-1950

Authors A-Z

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G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox". Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out."[1]


"The difficulty of explaining “why I am a Catholic” is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true. I could fill all my space with separate sentences each beginning with the words, “It is the only thing that…” As, for instance, (1) It is the only thing that really prevents a sin from being a secret. (2) It is the only thing in which the superior cannot be superior; in the sense of supercilious. (3) It is the only thing that frees a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age. (4) It is the only thing that talks as if it were the truth; as if it were a real messenger refusing to tamper with a real message. (5) It is the only type of Christianity that really contains every type of man; even the respectable man. (6) It is the only large attempt to change the world from the inside; working through wills and not laws; and so on." [2]

 

THE REFORMATION & ECUMENISM & G.K. CHESTERTON

"I suppose it will take centuries to unwind the coil of confusion and stupidity, which began when the Reformers quite irrationally separated the Bible from the Church." -G.K. Chesterton [3]

Although G.K. Chesterton is admired by both Protestants and Catholics and even non-Christians, the above line does not exactly ooze with Ecumenism. But since we are this year observing the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we may as well point out how Chesterton exactly identifies the problem that has plagued the Christian world for half a millennium. It has to do with the best of all books: the Holy Bible.[3]

The chaos of the modern world, says Chesterton, “did not come from Christendom but from the disruption of Christendom.” [3]

The Protestants, in separating the Bible from the Church, turned the Bible against the Church. Forgotten was the fact that it was the Church that gave us the Bible. Forgotten was the fact that the Bible was, and still is, a Catholic document. Forgotten, too, was that the Protestant Bible is an abridgement of the Catholic Bible.[3]


Beginning five centuries ago, Martin Luther, then John Calvin and the other leaders of what is known as the Reformation, opened a great divide in Christian Europe by separating themselves and their followers from the Catholic Church. They replaced the authority of the Church with the authority of Scripture. Confusion followed.[3]

 

Protestants began to believe that somehow Catholic teaching was not “scriptural” and consequentially, they deprived themselves of the Sacraments. Baptism and Communion became mere symbols, devoid of their supernatural power. There was no longer any need for Confession, because salvation came through one act of grace on the cross, and Christ was then removed from the cross, lest we should dwell on that unpleasant business, or worse, worship a graven image on a crucifix. The wedding of man and woman lost its divine element, and subsequently sex became separated from marriage, and the family began to dissolve. Priests went from being spiritual guides, ushering souls into heaven, to being regarded as agents of hell and darkness.[3]

Unfortunately, there have been extreme misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding the Catholic Church through the decades stemming from the Reformation.  Fulton J. Sheen said it best: "There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be."

G.K. Chesterton traveled a spiritual journey to his conversion to the Catholic Church. Perhaps, God revealed to him what he was missing; and that would have been the beauty, the richness, and the fullness of the Catholic Church.


[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._K._Chesterton
[2]  https://www.chesterton.org/why-i-am-a-catholic/
[3]  https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/06/19/the-bible-the-reformation-and-g-k-chesterton/

https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/literature/g-k-chesterton-champion-of-orthodoxy.html

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Sigrid Undset 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sigrid Undset (20 May 1882 – 10 June 1949) was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.


Undset was born in Kalundborg, Denmark, but her family moved to Norway when she was two years old. In 1924, she converted to Catholicism. She fled Norway for the United States in 1940 because of her opposition to Nazi Germany and the German invasion and occupation of Norway, but returned after World War II ended in 1945.

Her best-known work is Kristin Lavransdatter, a trilogy about life in Norway in the Middle Ages, portrayed through the experiences of a woman from birth until death. Its three volumes were published between 1920 and 1922.


"The morality code that remains after the religion that produced it is rejected is like the perfume that lingers in an empty bottle." ~ Sigrid Undset


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigrid_Undset
https://www.angelicwarfareconfraternity.org/sigrid-undset-and-an-escape-to-reality/
https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/health/catholic-contributions/speaking-the-painful-truth.html
https://peggyhaslar.com/2017/08/30/fascinating-facts-about-sigrid-undset-author-of-kristin-lavransdatter-2/

 
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