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Hacking and Coughing With Father Brown

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Father_BrownMy cold is nearly two weeks old. My hacking and coughing rebounded the other day. I’m back on the couch hoping to fall asleep each night.

Hacking and Coughing

Someone recommended I take Delsym’s cough medicine. I’d taken it before with mixed results. Frustrated with the ferocity of my cough I went to the store and bought some generic Delsym

I took a double-dose. Last night I was able to sleep for four and a half hours in a row.

Father Brown

Englishman G.K. Chesterton wrote the Father Brown mysteries about a priest who found himself solving mysteries.

I love Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Father Brown is different. “Unlike the more famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown’s methods tend to be intuitive rather than deductive. He explains his method in ‘The Secret of Father Brown’: “You see, I had murdered them all myself… I had planned out each of the crimes very carefully. I had thought out exactly how a thing like that could be done, and in what style or state of mind a man could really do it. And when I was quite sure that I felt exactly like the murderer myself, of course I knew who he was.” 1

While tossing and turning and trying to sleep I found the BBC production of the Father Brown short story The Hammer of God. Some of the characters in the story are quite unlikeable, but I love Father Brown’s insight.


Up in a church steeple Father Brown and Wilfred are talking. “I think there is something rather dangerous about standing on these high places even to pray,” said Father Brown. “Heights were made to be looked at, not to be looked from.”

“Do you mean that one may fall over,” asked Wilfred.

“I mean that one’s soul may fall if one’s body doesn’t … (beware the pride that follows when we) look down on the world more than to look up at heaven. Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”

May we all step down from a place of perceived superiority to walk alongside those in need. I love how Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown are people working to bring hope and justice for people.

What can you do this week to bring hope and justice to those whose paths you cross?

1 – Quoted from the Wikipedia Father Brown entry

2 – G.K. Chesterton’s books including The Complete Father Brown are currently available free from The University of Adelaide Library.

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