C.S. Lewis

To Do the Works of Martha In the Spirit of Mary

Very few people are good at doing two or more things at once, especially contemplating and acting, praying and working, Mary-ing and Martha-ing at the same time. But de Cassaude shows you how to do just that, to unite Mary and Martha, to do the works of Martha in the spirit of Mary. He does […]

The Communion of Saints

C.S. Lewis, referring to Saint Augustine, says, “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God alone” (The Weight of the Glory). But don’t we need each other too? “People who need people…” Saint Thomas Aquinas asks, in the Summa, whether the fellowship of human friendship is necessary for […]

C.S. Lewis On Hating the Sin But Not the Sinner

I remember Christian teachers telling me long ago that I must hate a bad man’s actions, but not hate the bad man: or, as they would say, hate the sin but not the sinner. For a long time I used to think this a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did […]

Against the Misapplication of “Mere” Christianity

The common ground of a “mere Christianity” cannot be allowed to become a lowest common denominator. + Here C.S. Lewis is worth heeding. The man who coined the term “mere Christianity” also warned against its misapplication and abuse: I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is her put forward as an alternative to […]

C.S. Lewis on the Gospel and the World

I believe that there are many accommodating preachers, and too many practitioners in the church who are not believers. Jesus Christ did not say, ‘Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right.’ The Gospel is something completely different. In fact, it is directly opposed to the world. —C.S. Lewis, […]

Thy Will Be Done

Lets look at it another way.  If deliberately choosing to follow Christ down a clear and narrow path of holiness is not our choice in this life, will it suddenly be our choice in death? + As we have seen in a simple review of a few passages, scripture is also clear – the trajectory of your life prior to […]

On Worshiping With Our Whole Being — Body and Soul, Pt. 2

—from Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflections Lent Day 27 – Why Your Body Matters for Prayer Christian prayer is embodied prayer. In C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters we discovered an experienced devil giving lessons to a young temptor. At one point, the veteran orders his young charge to encourage his ‘client,’ a budding Christian, to envision prayer as […]