Join the Society for our next monthly meeting and discussion on the evening of Sunday, May 20th, when we'll focus on a lesser-read but very fun Chesterton work, his collection of short stories (or, arguably, "composite novel"), The Poet and the Lunatics. focusing on the exploits of a quintessential Chesterton character, Gabriel Gale, cut from the same mold as his priest-detective Father Brown, or the retired-Judge-cum-mystic, Basil Grant (of The Club of Queer Trades). Gale's poetic sensitivity and mystical nature allow him to grasp facts others would miss, embodying a definition Chesterton once quoted of paradox as "Truth standing on her head to attract attention."
The book is available from The American Chesterton Society shop as well as from Amazon.com either in a very affordable trade paperback, used hardcover, or Kindle format. It can also be read online.
Please see below the break for more details or to RSVP.
For our April 15, 2018 meeting we'll be reading and discussing some selected poems from Chesterton. You can download the reading packet below. Kindly RSVP for this meeting below the "read more" break.
Mentioned in this month's reading (St. Thomas Aquinas) is Chesterton's great friend and mentor, Father John O'Connor (the basis of Father Brown), and his translations of some of Saint Thomas's hymns.
These are hard to come by, but we did find one resource that has some of O'Connor's translations, not only of Aquinas's hymns, but of other medieval and Renaissance hymns, as well as some of Father O'Connor's own poetry set to music. We thought this would be of interest to Society members, and also just a neat resource for folks interested in old hymnals. It appears that whoever owned the hymnal here had a similar interest as we have, since all of O'Connor's contributions are checked off in the table of contents.
For the Society's next meeting, on March 18th, we will be reading Chesterton's marvelous biography of "the dumb ox," St. Thomas Aquinas. RSVP for this meeting at the bottom of this post.
You can purchase the book here from the American Chesterton Society.
Since March 18th is also the vigil of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph in the Roman Catholic Church, we are going to participate in a venerable old St. Joseph's Day tradition: The Saint Joseph Table - or, well, our version of it anyway. Click "read more" to see more info about that.
Our reading for our next meeting will be Chesterton's distributist tome, The Outline of Sanity. As Dale Ahlquist explains:
Sanity is about wholeness, completeness. Insanity is about narrowness and brokenness. We live in broken society and it is ruled by two very broken, narrow social philosophies that seem to be at war with one another when they are in fact co-conspirators against the common man: socialism and capitalism, or Hudge and Gudge, to whom we were introduced in What’s Wrong with the World.
We won't beat about the bush: this might be a bit of a controversial topic/meeting. Come prepared perhaps to argue, but - as Chesterton admonishes us - not to merely "quarrel."
Since we read What's Wrong with the World (back in March, 2015), it's long past due that we turn to what is arguably Chesterton's most complete answer to that question. See below the "Read more" break for details on the meeting...
You can read this book by purchasing a copy direct from the publisher, getting a Kindle version from Amazon, or reading it online.
We aim to provide an opportunity for fellowship and fun in Southeastern Pennsylvania centered around the writings of G.K. Chesterton.
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