Thursday, December 27, 2007

Does Benedict XVI Read Chesterton?

I think so.

Here's an excerpt from B-16's Christmas sermon: (HT Fr. Z)

The Earth is restored to good order by virtue of the fact that it is opened up to God, it obtains its true light anew, and in the harmony between human will and divine will, in the unification of height and depth, it regains its beauty and dignity. Thus Christmas is a feast of restored creation. It is in this context that the Fathers interpret the song of the angels on that holy night: it is an expression of joy over the fact that the height and the depth, Heaven and Earth, are once more united; that man is again united to God.

Got that? Good.

Now recall the GKC verse I posted earlier--just the last stanza:

The Christ-child stood on Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.

Certainly the very same imagery....

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