Chesterton

Starting from a text by Chesterton, Peter Gallagher SJ explains us how Our Lady's love, although not comforting, strengthen us in our daily battles.         At the end of the first book of Chesterton’s Ballad of the White Horse, Our Lady appears to King Alfred to encourage him in his seemingly hopeless struggle against the invaders of Wessex. She says:I tell you naught for your comfort,Yea, naught for your desire,Save that the sky grows darker...
Smiling Man
The Gospels often speak of joy. Yet few things are so misunderstood: which means we are often left chasing the wrong things in life. Too often we confuse joy with good cheer or with a certain rallying of the spirit that we try to crank up when we go to a party or let off steam.  We tend to think of joy as quite separate from the ordinary time in our lives, when duty, work, tiredness, worries, and pressures of all kinds keep us from enjoying life, we suppose, and from being as cheerful and...