Quote: The Pull of the Church


Another one of my absolute favorite quotes by Chesterton (the Great).

“It is impossible to be just to the Catholic Church. The moment men cease to pull against it they feel a tug towards it. The moment they cease to shout it down they begin to listen to it with pleasure. The moment they try to be fair to it they begin to be fond of it. But when that affection has passed a certain point it begins to take on the tragic and menacing grandeur of a great love affair.” – G. K. Chesterton

So beautifully put. I know that it speaks to the experiences of so many who have dared to cease pulling and begun to truly listen. They resolved to at least being fair and instead fell in love.

(I was reminded of this quote this morning while perusing Taylor Marshall’s blog – another great Catholic blog, by the way).

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Erin May 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Gorgeous quote–I agree. Thanks for such a solid, thoughtful and substantial Catholic blog. You are much needed!

Becky May 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Fantastic quote! I can definitely relate to it…

Norm Betland August 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

This is EXACTLY what happened to me. I decided to be fair and then I fell deeply in love.

Robert Colquhoun December 24, 2009 at 5:29 am

A fantastic quote as ever! Keep up the great work!

Nic Doye March 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

Yep – happened to me too. :-)

Martha Wiggins December 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Beautiful quote. When someone argues loudly they are usually trying to convince themselves.

ycw December 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I am not a Catholic. But I do indeed have a fondness for the Catholic Church.

I’m not sure why you started following me on Twitter, but I am glad you did, and I usually enjoy reading your stuff.

Sue May 14, 2011 at 7:52 am

just saw this after another recent posting. Absolutely stunning. Thanks.

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