Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

"We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is 'good', because it is good, if 'bad' because it works in us patience, humility and contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country."

From a letter to Don Giovanni Calabria from Lewis dated August 10, 1948

Used multiple times as the Thanksgiving post and until I find a better one I will continue to recycle.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Saturday I will be heading to New York for the New York C.S. Lewis Society's 45th Anniversary Memorial Lecture.  It is never too late to hop on the train or bus and head to NYC.  Details can be found below.  I will post a follow-up upon my return.

Please Join Us
 A 45th Anniversary Memorial Lecture

our speaker is:
R.R. Reno
Editor of First Things magazine

Saturday, November 22nd at 2PM

The Catholic Center at New York University
238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Free of Charge - coffee, cake, and fellowship to follow

C.S. Lewis died on November 22, 1963
The New York C.S. Lewis Society was founded in 1969

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I have not been posting much this month.  A dry posting season.  The answer?  Grab The Quotable Lewis (editors Wayne Martindale and Jerry Root) and allow the book to randomly open.  The page - 278 (almost halfway, so not really random).  The topic - Guilt, a letter from Lewis, from Letters to an American Lady, dated 21 July 1958.

(1.)  Remember what St. John says:  "If our heart condemn us, God is stronger than our heart."  The feeling of being, or not being, forgiven and loved, is not what matters.  One must come down to brass tacks.  If there is a particular sin on your conscience, repent and confess it.  If there isn't, tell the despondent devil not to be silly.  You can't help hearing his voice (the odious inner radio) but you must treat it merely like a buzzing in your ears or any other irrational nuisance.  (2.)  Remember the story in the Imitation, how the Christ on the crucifix suddenly spoke to the monk who was so anxious about his salvation and said "If you knew that all was well, what would you, to-day, do, or stop doing?"  When you have found the answer, do it or stop doing it.  You see, one must always get back to the practical and definite.  What the devil loves is that vague cloud of unspecified guilt feeling or unspecified virtue by which he lures us into despair or presumption.  "Details, please?" is the answer.  (3.)  The sense of dereliction cannot be a bad symptom for Our Lord Himself experienced it in its depth - "Why hast thou forsaken me?"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Veterans Day/Armistice Day 

In Surprised by Joy Lewis devotes a chapter (XII - Guns and Good Company) to his time in the Army during WWI.  The chapter ends "This is War.  This is what Homer wrote about."

I have been reading The Iliad for some time now (search this blog to see my slow progress), and that line from Lewis always stuck with me, especially as he described war - "the frights, the cold, the smell of H.E., the horribly smashed men still moving like half-crushed beetles ...".  Yet I had no idea what Homer wrote since I had never read The Iliad.  As I have been reading lines such as the one below I now know what Lewis means as the descriptions of warfare and violence abound in Homer's tale.  He holds nothing back.

"Down from the car he'd leapt, squaring off, charging in full fury, full face, straight into Agamemnon's spearhead ramming sharp - the rim of the bronze helmet could not hold it, clean through heavy metal and bone the point burst and the brains splattered all inside the casque."
The Iliad, Book 11, Line 109

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Monday, October 27, 2014


Fall Lecture - Monday, November 10th 

“Why Do Catholics, Evangelicals, Charismatics and Fundamentalists Each Claim C. S. Lewis as One of Their Own?”  with Kevin Offner

Lecture will be held at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in The Community Room at 6pm.
* The FCPL does not support or  endorse this event.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


We will be meeting Monday, October 27th - 6:15pm in the Trust Conference Room at the Library to discuss And God Came In.  Hope to see you there.

Friday, October 24, 2014


After the death of Joy, Lewis recorded his thoughts concerning his grief.  In 1961 these thoughts were published in A Grief Observed.  The book was originally published under the pseudonym N.W. Clerk.  After Lewis died the book was republished in 1964 with C.S. Lewis named as the author.

We will be reading A Grief Observed, along with The Problem of Pain, beginning in January 2015.