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I've Been Busy On Facebook Today! [Jun. 15th, 2014|09:02 am]

My father... is a singular character. No matter what, I know that he loves me and my siblings very much.

Spiritually, GK Chesterton has become my adopted father, as in the large, looming masculine figure in my life to whom I turned to learn how to be a man myself. I have had a few such figures over the years-- from uncles and teachers, to Asimov, to King, to Gaiman-- but I ultimately became this Englishman's spiritual son because of the spiritual truths I found so rich in his writings. I found in his words the things I needed to hear and be taught from an early age on but lacked, and am now only beginning to be able to impart on my own children in my turn.

Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man are my two favourites of his, and I read them at least twice a year. They, and many of GK's works are available as free ebooks in many online stores and libraries. Go and take a look, if it please you. Go and meet my father.

"WHEN your father told you, walking about the garden, that bees stung or that roses smelt sweet, you did not talk of taking the best out of his philosophy. When the bees stung you, you did not call it an entertaining coincidence. When the rose smelt sweet you did not say "My father is a rude, barbaric symbol, enshrining (perhaps unconsciously) the deep delicate truths that flowers smell." No: you believed your father, because you had found him to be a living fountain of facts, a thing that really knew more than you; a thing that would tell you truth to-morrow, as well as to-day."

~G.K. Chesterton: 'Orthodoxy,' Chap. IX.

Originally shared on Facebook.

[User Picture]From: lirazel
2014-06-15 08:48 pm (UTC)
Mmm. I think Tolkien is still that alternative father for me. Baptized my imagination and all that.

But then, I was very blessed in my earthly father.
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[User Picture]From: mads
2014-06-16 02:41 am (UTC)
It shows in the quality of the daughter they've raised.
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[User Picture]From: lirazel
2014-06-16 02:55 am (UTC)

BTW, your daughter clearly knows two men she can trust. Her brother is one, which is very cute!
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