I have admired Hilaire Belloc’s faith and writing

… for over twenty years. To my shame, however, I have in that time only read a handful of his books. To be fair, I have for the last five or six years read The Path to Rome every year (during the period that Belloc undertook his famous pilgrimage) but given how much I like him, I could and should have read more.

Therefore, as I set out to read The Path to Rome again this year – June 2020, if you are reading this from 2021 onwards – I decided that enough was enough: it was time to start reading more of his books – not just every so often but regularly, perhaps as often as one book a month.

To prepare myself for this, I spent July 2020 reading Old Thunder, Joseph Pearce’s 2002 biography of Belloc. In August, I got going properly with the latter’s Europe and the Faith (1920).

It’s one thing to start reading, entirely another to keep at it. To motivate myself to do so, therefore, I started a Twitter account so that I could provide updates to anyone who might be interested regarding how I was getting on. That Twitter account is @SineAuctoritate.

I haven’t yet decided how I will use this blog. I hope that in time it will find its place. I don’t know how long I will keep it or the Twitter account going. I do know that I am burning to read more by Belloc so I hope both will be around for a while. I’m going to set myself a target, though: a minimum of one post a week between now and the end of August 2021. If I can make it to September next year, I’ll sit down with myself then and decide on the next move.

Back to the present, I would like to write posts about The Path to Rome, Old Thunder, and Europe and the Faith. I need to think about what shape they will take so I will go away and do that now. Thank you for reading. Please pray for me.