Friday, August 22, 2014

#521







Today's Frederick News-Post features a quote from C.S. Lewis.  The quote is from Mere Christianity.  Or is it?  See William O'Flaherty's site concerning the often misquoted Lewis.

Friday, August 15, 2014

#518


Mark your calenders for Fellowship for Performing Arts' production of The Great Divorce.  Max McLean successfully put The Screwtape Letters on stage more than five years ago and now The Great Divorce will be coming to DC in December for 10 shows.  Tickets will be available soon.  More information can be found HERE.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

#517


"The Holiness of God is something more and other than moral perfection: His claim upon us is something more and other than the claim of moral duty.  I do not deny it: but this conception, like that of corporate guilt, is very easily used as an evasion of the real issue.  God may be more than moral goodness: He is not less.  The road to the promised land runs past Sinai.  The moral law may exist to be transcended: but there is no transcending it for those who have not first admitted its claims upon them, and then tried with all their strength to meet that claim, and fairly and squarely faced the fact of their failure."

The Problem of Pain, near the end of chapter 4

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

#516

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Why all the fuss about Lewis?  Up to this point I have been using Lewis's words to answer the question.  Below is a story from C.S. Lewis: A Biography by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper:


"Walter Hooper noticed during the months he lived in The Kilns what a pleasant relationship the people and the animals enjoyed.  Lewis and the others did for the cats (Tom and Snip) and dog (Ricky, a boxer pup) what was expected of them.  Otherwise they left them to a very carefree, live-and-let-live existence.  Hooper was particularly touched by Lewis’s intervention on behalf of ‘Old Tom’, a much-loved cat who had been a great mouser in his day, but had now lost all his teeth.  Lewis’s housekeeper, Mrs Maude Miller, suggested that the time had come for Tom to be ‘put down’.  Lewis would not hear of it.  ‘No,’ he said firmly, ‘Tom has worked hard.  He’s a pensioner now.’  Thereafter he had Mrs Miller cook fish several times a week for Tom.  It was deboned and prepared specially for this much-loved old cat.  Once when Hooper and Lewis were walking down the private lane of The Kilns they met Tom.  As they passed, Lewis lifted his hat.  ‘He’s a pensioner,’ he reminded Walter."

found on page 224 from my copy, chapter 8

Sunday, August 3, 2014

#515

The previous post included a picture of a sculpture located outside of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York.  A wonderful church that is located a block or so from Penn Station and seems to have a Mass going on every hour of the day.  Reconciliation is offered just about every day and it is simply a refuge from all that is NYC.  Below you will find two more pictures I took on a recent trip to The Big City.

The Lewis quote from the previous post uses the image of a beggar as our true spiritual state.  In terms of the physical state of a beggar and poverty and giving, Lewis has wise words as well:

"Charity - giving to the poor - is an essential part of Christian morality: in the frightening parable of the sheep and the goats it seems to be the point on which everything turns ... I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give.  I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.  In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little.  If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small.  There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charities expenditure excludes them." 

From Mere Christianity, Book Three, Chapter Three 'Social Morality'