One of the Greats

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A response to: “Blessed” G.K. Chesterton?

I wish to comment on the Chesterton article.

The author refers to Chesterton’s cleverness and humor. He certainly had these qualities, but he is much more than that, as the author doubtless knows. I had a great Jesuit teacher of literature many years ago. I never forgot what he said to us one day about Chesterton: He is great, not like Dante and Shakespeare, but like Plato and Aristotle.

To me this came like a bolt of lightning. It is true, I believe, that he has that kind of greatness, … the greatness of encountering and dealing with being and human living. Dante and Shakespeare do this too, but in the manner of images and by way of literary beauty. Chesterton, like Plato and Aristotle, touches these directly.


Continue on the journey and the Lord will reveal His will.

D. Hinfey, S.J.

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