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C. S. Lewis Centennial

Holding [the Way
of Affirmation], we see that every created thing is, in its degree, an
image of God, and the ordinate and faithful appreciation of that thing
a clue, which, truly followed, will lead back to Him. Holding [the Way
of Rejection], we see that every created thing, the highest devotion to
moral duty, the purest conjugal love, the saint and the seraph, is no more
than an image; that every one of them, followed for its own sake and isolated
from its source, becomes an idol whose service is damnation.
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Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230
Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis,
Spiritual Writer, 1963

The word religion
is extremely rare in the New Testament and the writings of mystics. The
reason is simple. Those attitudes and practices to which we give the collective
name of religion are themselves concerned with religion hardly at all.
To be religious is to have one's attention fixed on God and on one's neighbour
in relation to God. Therefore, almost by definition, a religious man, or
a man when he is being religious, is not thinking about religion; he hasn't
the time. Religion is what we (or he himself at a later moment) call his
activity from outside.
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Feast of Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988

[Unbelievers] think they have made great efforts to get at the truth when they have spent a few hours in reading some book out of Holy Scripture, and have questioned some cleric about the truths of the faith. After that, they boast that they have searched in books and among men in vain.
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I have found (to
my regret) that the degrees of shame and disgust which I actually feel
at my own sins do not at all correspond to what my reason tells me about
their comparative gravity. Just as the degree to which, in daily life,
I feel the emotion of fear has very little to do with my rational judgment
of the danger. I'd sooner have really nasty seas when I'm in an open boat
than look down in perfect (actual) safety from the edge of a cliff. Similarly,
I have confessed ghastly uncharities with less reluctance than small unmentionables
-- or those sins which happen to be ungentlemanly as well as unchristian.
Our emotional reactions to our own behaviour are of limited ethical significance.
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Easter

Our imitation of God in this life -- that is, our willed imitation, as distinct from any likenesses which He has impressed upon our natures or our states -- must be an imitation of God Incarnate. Our model is the Jesus, not only of Calvary, but of the workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions. For this, so strangely unlike anything we can attribute to the divine life in itself, is apparently not only like, but is, the divine life operating under human conditions.
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I will attempt
no historical or theological classification of [George] Macdonald's thought,
partly because I have not the learning to do so, still more because I am
no great friend to such pigeon-holing. One very effective way of silencing
the voice of conscience is to impound in an Ism the teacher through whom
it speaks; the trumpet no longer seriously disturbs our rest when we have
murmured '..Thomist', 'Barthian', or 'Existentialist'. And in Macdonald
it is, always the voice of conscience that speaks. He addresses the will:
the demand for obedience, for something to be neither more nor less nor
other than done is incessant. Yet in that very voice of conscience every
other faculty somehow speaks as well -- intellect and imagination and humour
and fancy and all the affections; and no man in modern times was perhaps
more aware of the distinction between Law and Gospel, the inevitable failure
of mere morality.
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Commemoration of Cecile Isherwood, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, Grahamstown, South Africa, 1906


Only those who try to live near God and have formed the habit of faithfulness to Him in the small things of our daily life, can hope in times of need for that special light which shows us our path. To do as well as we can the job immediately before us, is the way to learn what we ought to do next.
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Commemoration of Bartolomè de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies,
1566

An essential part
of the ordination exam ought to be a passage from some recognized theological
work set for translation into vulgar English -- just like doing Latin prose.
Failure on this part should mean failure on the whole exam. It is absolutely
disgraceful that we expect missionaries to the Bantus to learn Bantu, but
never ask whether our missionaries to the Americans or English can speak
American or English. Any fool can write learned language: the vernacular
is the real test. If you can't turn your faith into it, then either you
don't understand it or you don't believe it.
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Feast of Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200

We must never speak
to simple, excitable people about the Day without emphasizing again and
again the utter impossibility of prediction. We must try to show them that
that impossibility is an essential part of the doctrine. If you do not
believe our Lord's words, why do you believe in His return at all? And
if you do believe them, must you not put away from you, utterly and forever,
any hope of dating that return?
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Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945

If the [Incarnation]
happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth -- the very
thing that the whole story has been about. Since it happened only once,
it is by Hume's standards infinitely improbable. But then, the whole history
of the Earth has also happened only once: is it therefore incredible? Hence
the difficulty, which weighs upon Christian and atheist alike, of estimating
the probability of the Incarnation. It is like asking whether the existence
of nature herself is intrinsically probable. That is why it is easier to
argue, on historical grounds, that the Incarnation actually occurred than
to show, on philosophical grounds, the probability of its occurrence.
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Ascension

If the whole universe
has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning --
just as, if there were no light in the universe, and therefore no creatures
with eyes, we should never know that it was dark. Dark would be without
meaning.
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Pride has a greater share than goodness of heart in the remonstrances we make to those who are guilty of faults; we reprove, not so much with a view to correcting them, as to persuade them that we are exempt from those faults ourselves.
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Feast of Antony of Egypt, Abbot, 356

Commemoration of Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932


Now what ought to have been the attitude of thoughtful Christians towards ecclesiastical authority, resulting from our Lord's whole attitude towards it? I think that the Catholic Church ought to have maintained and used ecclesiastical and sacerdotal authority, but that its maintenance and its use ought to have been accompanied with a continual fear. Because they had before them this fact, that however divinely authoritative, however securely resting on a basis of legitimate and genuine inspiration, yet the ecclesiastical authority of the Old Covenant, by no process of sudden revolution, but simply by a process of gradual development, was capable of becoming something so utterly alien in spirit from what it was intended to be, that when the Christ came, to prepare for whom and to welcome whom was the one reason for which it existed, it did in fa
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A man's physical hunger does not prove that that man will get any bread; he may die of starvation on a raft in the Atlantic. But surely a man's hunger does prove that he comes of a race which repairs its body by eating, and inhabits a world where eatable substances exist. In the same way, though I do not believe (I wish I did) that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will. A man may love a women and not win her; but it would be very odd if the phenomenon called falling in love occurred in a sexless world.
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Few realize how much injury the dogma that baptism is necessary for salvation, badly expounded, has entailed. As a consequence, they are less cautious. For, where the opinion has prevailed that all are lost who have not happened to be baptized with water, our condition is worse than that of God's ancient people -- as if the grace of God were now more restricted than under the Law!
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Continuing a short series about the early church:


As to the Emperor and the charge of high treason against us, Caesar's safety lies not in hands soldered on. We invoke the true God for the Emperor. Even if he persecute us, we are bidden to pray for them that persecute us, as you can read in our books, which are not hidden, which you often get hold of. We pray for him because the Empire lies between us and the end of the world. We count the Caesars to be God's vice-regents and swear by their safety (not by their genius, as required). As for loyalty, Caesar really is more ours than yours; for it was our God who set him up. It is for his own good, that we refuse to call the Emperor God; Father of his Country is a better title. No Christian has ever made a plot against a Caesar; the famous conspirators and assassins were heathen, one and all. Piety, religion, faith are our best offering of loyalty.
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Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066



The very activities for which we were created are, while we live on earth, variously impeded: by evil in ourselves or in others. Not to practice them is to abandon our humanity. To practice them spontaneously and delightfully is not yet possible. This situation creates the category of duty, the whole specifically moral realm. It exists to be transcended. Here is the paradox of Christianity. As practical imperatives for here and now, the two great commandments have to be translated Behave as if you loved God and man. For no man can love because he is told to. Yet obedience on this practical level is not really obedience at all. And if a man really loved God and man, once again this would hardly be obedience; for if he did, he would be unable to help it. Thus the command really says to us, Ye must be born again. Till then, we have duty, morality, the Law. A schoolmaster, as St. Paul says, is to bring us to Christ. We must expect no more of it th
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Commemoration of William Morris, Artist, Writer, 1896

Commemoration of George Kennedy Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958


There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may.
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Commemoration of Wilson Carlile, Priest, Founder of the Church Army, 1942



A man's physical hunger does not prove that that man will get any bread; he may die of starvation on a raft in the Atlantic. But surely a man's hunger does prove that he comes of a race which repairs its body by eating and inhabits a world where eatable substances exist. In the same way, though I do not believe (I wish I did) that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will. A man may love a woman and not win her; but it would be very odd if the phenomenon called `falling in love occurred in a sexless world.
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Just suppose members of our churches were voted on, like the members of certain civic clubs. Suppose three unexcused absences required that the individual's name be automatically dropped from the roll, and he could be reinstated only by special vote of the body. Suppose absences from services had to be made up by attending services in some other place, or by carrying out some special project. Suppose church members had to be re-elected to membership each year, and that their attendance and participation in the program of activities determined how the vote went. Oh, well -- just suppose.


... from The Baptist Messenger


September 16, 2002
Feast of Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr, 258

Commemoration of Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, Apostle to the Picts, c. 430

Commemoration of Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, tractarian, 1882



This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden, under the shadow of these vines. But if I climbed some great mounta
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We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as faith, with the idea that this will somehow ensure the granting of our prayer. We have probably all done this as children. But the state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense. It is a feat of psychological gymnastics.
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