C. S. Lewis

The Weight of Glory

Man with backpack walking along a path in a beautiful landscape

An Excerpt from “The Weight of Glory” by C.S. Lewis: If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old he would have replied, Love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance. The negative ideal of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestionRead more

C. S. Lewis and the Paradise Garden (4)

Scenic landscape with waterfall

Where it all points: C. S. Lewis once wrote, “If we find in ourselves a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world” (Mere Christianity). Lewis believed that the things and places in this life that stir our longing for paradise ultimately point us to the place where that longing will one day be fulfilled. (If you missed the previous posts in this series, you can see partRead more

August 18, 2019

Trinity 9

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity: Today’s collect is is one that “sticks in the craw” for many. And although this is true in modern times, it has also been true for generations. Unfortunately for those who struggle with the words of this prayer, they are completely scripture-based. (And this is actually something that shines about the Book of Common Prayer. It is composed of something like 80% actual scripture, but arranged for prayer. Awesome.) So, because it is scripturally sound,Read more

C. S. Lewis and the Paradise Garden (3)

Mountain stream

Sacred encounters: In a sense, all of C. S. Lewis’ Narnia is a place of sacred encounter. Each time children from our world spend time there, they encounter Aslan, the great Christ-figure. And each time they participate in the adventures of that world, they get to be a part of something momentous. (If you missed the previous posts in this series, you can see part one here, or part two here).   To those who knock, the door is openedRead more

August 11, 2019

Trinity 8

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity: The Collect for Trinity 8 is beautiful, thought-provoking, and a fit prayer for all times: O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Contemplating the Collect It’s amazing how much is packed into this brief prayer. I love how it opensRead more

A Pocketful of Puritans

Illustration from Pilgrim's Progress

A rediscovery underway: Puritans get a bad rap. When someone is casually referred to as a “puritan” these days the insinuation is not meant to be kind. And yet, the actual 16th and 17th century puritans were not pleasure-haters, but rather men and women of sincere faith, with much insight to offer to modern believers. And it seems many of us are waking up to this fact, rediscovering with pleasure writers that have been long out of print.   SeekingRead more

C. S. Lewis and the Paradise Garden (2)

Ship on an island lake

Fast forward in Narnia: C.S. Lewis’ fantasy-world, Narnia, was an eventful place. Much happened between its creation in The Magician’s Nephew, and the events we’re about to look at in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. There were many comings and goings between children from our world and Narnia. Aslan, the great Christ-figure saved Narnia from many of its enemies with the help of those children. And on one important occasion, Aslan died and returned to life, in the place ofRead more

C. S. Lewis and the Paradise Garden (1)

Fertile landscape

Lewis’ Gift: C. S. Lewis had a special gift for explaining the unexplainable. He was able to paint vivid word-pictures to help his readers understand truth. The Narnia Chronicles are a great example of this. They belong to the children’s literature genre, but many of us who grew up with them find that they continue to have a special place in our faith and imagination. Lewis once wrote that “no book is really worth reading at the age of tenRead more

Courances (Gâtinais, France)

Château de Courances (Gâtinais, France)

A quick historical note: This château and park in Gâtinais was built around 1630, and like many great houses of bygone eras, it is now open to the public – if only during designated times. The family originally belonging to the estate traced roots back to a royal secretary to the King in the 16th century. After its purchase by a Baron in 1872, the estate continued to thrive and change, being used as a hospital during WWI, and falling underRead more