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March 18, 2018    6:30 PM       
Join the Southeast Pennsylvania Chesterton Society for their next monthly meeting, a discussion of Chesterton's profoundly insightful and thought-provoking biography of 'the Angelic Doctor,' St. Thomas Aquinas
Étienne Gilson, the great Thomistic scholar, gave high praise to this particular work of Chesterton's. In a Letter to Chesterton's Editor, Gilson wrote: 

I consider it as being without possible comparison the best book ever written on St. Thomas. Nothing short of genius can account for such an achievement. Everybody will no doubt admit that it is a “clever” book, but the few readers who have spent twenty or thirty years in studying St. Thomas Aquinas, and who, perhaps, have themselves published two or three volumes on the subject, cannot fail to perceive that the so-called “wit” of Chesterton has put their scholarship to shame. He has guessed all that which they had tried to demonstrate, and he has said all that which they were more or less clumsily attempting to express in academic formulas. Chesterton was one of the deepest thinkers who ever existed; he was deep because he was right; and he could not help being right; but he could not help being modest and charitable too, so he left it to those who could understand him to know that he was right, and deep; to the others, he apologized for being right, and he made up for being deep by being witty.

Read the book and find out if you agree with Gilson's assessment! 

In addition to their normal discussion, the Society will also be doing something special this month. As March 18th is the Vigil of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, they will be having a "St. Joseph's Table," a traditional celebration of the Universal Patron of the Church. For more information and to sign up to bring an item or donation, please see the Society's blog post
All are welcome to attend. To RSVP for the meeting, or to learn more about the Society, please visit their webpage.
Free will donation: $/each

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Sunday, March 18
Monthly Meeting of the Southeast PA Chesterton Society: St. Thomas & St. Joseph

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Musical Fantasies - Two Pianists in Recital

Sunday, April 8
The Island of Catholic Exuberance in Protestant Germany: Music of the Dresden Court


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