Your friendly neighborhood Distributist and blog curator originally wanted to share with you some quotes from G. K. Chesterton which would put you in the right frame of mind to think about human flourishing and the improvement of the faith and work movement in the New Year.
What I have actually done instead is spent an hour on the website of the American Chesterton Society laughing my head off.
I commend to you A Misuderstanding About Method and Reflections on a Rotten Apple as you ponder that human flourishing question. Meanwhile, here’s this:
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterward. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” – GKC, Daily News