Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Man With Two Beards

In quite a few of our numerous discussions, a Father Brown story has come up to fit the topic. A quote from the story "The Man With Two Beards" which I really like, fit in with our most recent discussion, The Gospel of Luke.

In this story Father Brown and several others are trying to decide upon the guilt or innocence of the now dead former jewel thief, commonly known as Michael Moonshine, who to all outward appearances had begun again his life of robberies, that is before he was shot. Father Brown says:

"I knew this dead man very well indeed; I was his confessor and his friend. So far as a man can, I knew his mind when he left that garden to-day; and his mind was like a glass hive full of golden bees. It's an under-statement to say his reformation was sincere. He was one of those great penitents who manage to make more out of penitence then others can out of virtue. I say I was his confessor; but, indeed it was I who went to him for comfort. It did me good to be near so good a man. And when I say him lying there dead in the garden, it seemed to me as if strange words that were said of old were spoken over him aloud in my ear. They might well be; for if ever a man went straight to heaven it might be he."

"Hang it all," said John Bankes restlessly, "after all, he was a convicted thief."

"Yes," said Father Brown; "and only a convicted thief has ever in this world heard that assurance; 'This night shalt thou be with me in paradise.'

Monday, December 11, 2006

Seasonal Chesterton

And here we have the seasonal Chesterton, except we still need summer. Any suggestions?????
And in case you don't know, The easter egg is by me, the Chest-o-lantern is by Lewis the editor, and the snowman is by Gus, Tolkien is in the background, created by Bernie.

Hmmm..... would one or both of the Chesterpins work to complete the set, or should it be more summery??????

Friday, December 08, 2006

Is this a meme?

Well it's the first anniversary of the ACS blog and all readers of the announcment post are requested to do this.... I don't know what to call it!

1. When did you first read a Chesterton book, story, or poem, and which was it? Does listening count???? If so, The Scandal of Father Brown, three or four years ago???? I'm not sure.
2. What was the most recent of GKC's writings you read? The Everlasting Man. Except I listened to the audio book.
3. Which is your favorite book, poem - or quote? I do not have a single favorite quote, book etc. But if you would like to read some quotes that I really like you might try here, here, here, here, here, or here. (And that's only a brief selection of favorite parts from Chesterton!!!!)
4. Which would you recommend to a beginner? The Man Who Was Thursday. It's engaging and VERY good!
5. What is the most unusual fact or quirky detail you know about G.K.Chesterton? Well I'm sure that there are many, many facts about him that would fit this description, but one that I've always found interesting is that long before he converted he defended Catholicism.

Okay all ye other ChesterTeens, you have to do this too!!!!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Let me introduce myself

Hello everyone !

I'm María Paz de la Cuesta, from Valladolid, a city in the middle-north of Spain. It's not a very big city, but it certainly has a great history. Here lived Cervantes, the Catholic Monarchs, Felipe II, Columbus and so many different important people.
About me, I'm 16 years old and I the first Chesterton's book I read was The Innocence of Father Brown. It was a present from 'Los reyes Magos'. (Do you know The Three Wise Men? It's a spanish tratition that may be equivalent to Santa Claus). Since then, I'm very fond of Chesterton's writings. Although I know how many books and essays I must still read.

Apart from Chesterton, I also like Evelyn Waugh, Jorge Luis Borges, Stevenson, Conrad, Álvaro Cunqueiro, etc.
I also like listening to music, playing tennis, going out with my friends and that kind of things.

I couldn't say which is my favourite quote of Chesterton, but now I'm only able to remember: If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.

I don't know why, but english writers are hilarious. I'm beginning to love english literature, I mean it, and specially Chesterton's work.

Well, I think this is enough. If you want to know more about me, just ask and please, if I have made a lot of mistakes, warn me and I'll try to do my best the next time I write.

It's a pleasure to share my opinion about Chesterton's writings with you.