“I know the Unknown God,” said the little priest, with an unconcious grandeur of certitude that stood up like a granite tower. “I know his name; it is Satan. The True God was made flesh and dwelt among us. And I say to you, wherever you find men ruled merely by mystery, it is the mystery of iniquity. If the devil tells you something is too fearful to look at, look at it. If he says something too terrible to hear, hear it. If you think some truth unbearable, bear it. I entreat you to end this nightmare now and here.”
From The Purple Wig – The Innocence and Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton.
This book has 24 mystery short stories involving Father Brown a Roman Catholic Priest. The mysteries are wonderfully written and you find yourself admiring the wisdom and humility of Father Brown and his knack for solving crimes and mysteries.
Here’s a quote from the back cover of the book…
“For to hear Father Brown tell it, crime is a manifestation of sin: the criminal must be caught, but he or she must also be saved; the culprit has to be locked up, but the spirit must be freed.”
Good stuff! I highly recommend this book.
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