Humility and Sanity: Glimpses of Chesterton and Waugh

In his 1908 book, entitled Orthodoxy — published fourteen years before he was received into the Catholic Church in the summer of 1922 — G.K. Chesterton speaks politely and acutely about the all-too-pervasive lunacy (and the somewhat diminished sanity) of the modern world he knew so well even then. By his first considering madness and some of the contrasting attractions of sanity, he also leads us to higher and deeper things, such as the enlivening and resilient, fuller order of virtue. That is, to the order of interrelated natural and infused virtues, as distinct from those precariously isolated and uprooted forms of virtue that are lonely and wandering and out of balance.

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