God is a really good parent.
ON DAILY MASS Holly Ordway Sunlight gilds the pine boughs at my window, Each needle haloed, dark against the light, As if this evanescent brightness shows The good this day may hold. The time is tight, To catch my breath before the press of all I have to do; the minutes slip away, The fading […]
A SUDDEN GOLDFINCH Holly Ordway The branch is bare and black against the fog; Cold droplets bead along the twigs, and fall. The hours are passing, ready to be gone, And now they’re past, dissolved, beyond recall, Beyond my reach. A sudden goldfinch clings And bends the twig so slightly with its weight It seems […]
The famous 17th century English philosopher, not the machete-wielding bald guy on the island.
Pain’s only valuable lesson is that we are insufficient.
Words are tricky, as everyone knows.
Death is the release of our person to eternity.
“One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.” Albert Einstein said “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” If that’s right, then it likely follows that C.S. Lewis was the greatest theological mind of his time. The scholar who came to his faith with great […]
Theology offers the Christian believer not just a faith which demands belief, but one which makes sense intellectually. As such, theology is a necessarily intricate discipline; probing the revealed thoughts of God is no light, simple task. Christian theology done right, whether it is biblical, systematic, or historical, brings the minds of the current generation […]
SURPRISED BY JOY C.S. Lewis “Turning to the bookstall, I picked out an Everyman in a dirty jacket, Phantastes: A Faerie Romance, George MacDonald. Then the train came in. I can still remember the voice of the porter calling out the village names, Saxon and sweet as a nut—‘Bookham, Effingham, Horsley train.’ That evening I […]
“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.”
Love’s as warm as tears, Love is tears: Pressure within the brain, Tension at the throat, Deluge, weeks of rain, Haystacks afloat, Featureless seas between Hedges, where once was green. Love’s as fierce as fire, Love is fire: All sorts ‒ Infernal heat Clinkered with greed and pride, Lyric desire, sharp-sweet, Laughing, […]
As I went, ruined, rushing to that low, there had, before my eyes, been offered one who seemed -long silent- to be faint and dry. Seeing him near in that great wilderness, to him I screamed my ‘miserere’: ‘Save me, whatever – shadow or truly man – you be.’ His answer came to me: ‘No […]
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” ~C.S. Lewis
‘By thy fasting and temptation, good Lord deliver us.’
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
THE PARLEMENT OF FOULES Geoffrey Chaucer “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day When every fowl cometh to choose his mate, Of every kind that men think may; And that so huge a noise gan they make, That earth and air and tree and every lake So full was, that underneath was there space For […]
THE WEIGHT OF GLORY 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 […]
A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is… A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That […]
Many people select books containing daily readings or devotionals. If that’s you I suggest A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works, edited by Patricia S. Klein and published by HarperOne. The daily meditations have been culled from Lewis’ celebrated signature classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem […]
Really now, how small would God be if we could wrap our minds around Him?
Were every man on earth to become atheist, it could not affect God in any way. He is what He is in Himself without regard to any other. To believe in Him adds nothing to His perfections; to doubt Him takes nothing away. Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support. The picture […]
Tender Is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald You never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives. John Keats was one of the greatest poets of the English language. Among other things he wrote Ode to a Nightingale, the beautiful poem from which F. Scott Fitzgerald got the title of his famous book […]