Lewis Anniversay

Today is the 46th anniversary of the death of C.S.Lewis
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08801584133028591211 Laura R.

    Thanks for the reminder, Father. I owe Lewis a greater debt than I will ever be able to measure. I'm hoping to meet him in Heaven and be able to thank him there!In deciding to cross the Tiber I felt a twinge in leaving the Anglicanism I shared with Lewis. But upon reflection I realize that it is the very orthodoxy I loved in his books that propels me out of what the Episcopal Church has become. Lewis did not feel impelled to convert during his lifetime, but I find it very interesting to speculate on what he might do were he alive and worshipping in the Church of England today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11277481992746685122 Greta

    I always thought it amazing that he died on the same day as JFK.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06962374096401238994 shadowlands

    I went to Lewis's grave last year and nearly woke the dead chattering on. I even joked that, were he alive, he probably wouldn't give one such as I the time of day(a literary nobody,or do I mean literally nobody?), then I remarked to him, that I bet everyone who visits his grave only prays for him and not his brother Warnie, who battled with alcoholism for forty years and was very good to Jack. So, I prayed for him too. I said out loud, "I wonder where you are now C S Lewis", the very next thing a butterfly landed on his grave, on a flower that someone had left. It remained for a while and then flew on to my traveling companions arm,"It's a sign", I said, in a way only a fundamental Christian would understand. I managed to video the whole thing. It was really special. Then I went and prayed in his pew!! Don't you just love him?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14531024393615051496 veritas

    I was always interested that Evangelicals I knew liked C S Lewis, yet so much of what he said is so Catholic. His ability to get to the oint on essential Christian doctrines is amazing. His arguments proving The existence of God and "mere" Christianity are brilliant.What a shame he never took the final step from "mere" Christianity to full Christianity – the Catholic Church. I strongly suspect that were he living today, he would.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06375449214052411277 JoannaB

    I love all the writings of CS Lewis, many of which are now out of print.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12410703712664494697 Thursday

    I count him among the many celebrated "invisible saints". The kind of man who was well regarded among Christianity of all stripes and though not canonized, I have a certain hope that I should meet them in Heaven. that is to say, Like Chesterton (Who's book "the everlasting man" inspired Lewis)Thomas a Kempis, and Martin Luther King Jr. exemplify the hope of God's mercy and the virtues of a secluded afterlife, living in joy and humility before the almighty.

  • http://openid.aol.com/julcesar01 julcesar01

    @Laura R.I seriously think that Lewis would have joined the Orthodox Church if he lived longer. Most of the same things happened in the Catholic Church in England as in the Anglican Church, everything short of ordination of women, beyond that I don't think there's much difference in the changes that occurred.(The Archdiocese of Westminster even has an approved gay mass in London!!!!) The Orthodox Church, on the other hand, stands unscathed. Lewis also said that he loved the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. My money is that that's where he would have gone.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08801584133028591211 Laura R.

    Thursday and veritas, I agree that one of Lewis' amazing feats was to write of Christianity so well that Christians of many stripes could find inspiration through his works.julcesar01, you may be right that Lewis would have gone to the Orthodox, but not I think because of any aberrant liturgies in the Archdiocese of Westminster — such things are prohibited by the established teaching of the Church, and that's what matters. What might have made more of a difference for Lewis was his personal feelings & background: he was raised in Protestant culture in Northern Ireland, with too deep an antipathy to Catholicism to be easily overcome. I would like to think he might have become Catholic anyway (he was after all deeply influenced by Chesterton and Tolkien) but perhaps it was as well for him that he was never forced to make that choice.

  • http://openid.aol.com/Julcesar01 Julcesar01

    @LauraRThat's the thing though, the Archdiocese of Westminster officially sanctioned this sort of ministry. It doesn't matter what you have written on some piece of paper locked away somewhere, what matters is what is happening on the ground, in the parish down the street, and the difference is as night and day. The Church that Chesterton described exists more on paper than anywhere else, even Waugh was tempted to apostatize. I don't understand the comment that Lewis was too prejudiced to become Catholic, he was a bright chap, give him some credit. Maybe *gasp* he made an informed, rational decision and didn't choose the Catholic Church. *gasp* You sound like a psychoanalyst saying that Lewis started to believe in God because he missed the comfort of his mommy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14531024393615051496 veritas

    "The Orthodox Church, on the other hand, stands unscathed."It most certainly does not.I once had a discussion with an Orthodox priest and I asked him why the Orthodox allow divorce. He admitted that Jesus in the Gospels condemned divorce! But he said that the Orthodox Church recognises that man is weak so they allow divorce – but only 3 times!!! What sort of crummy theology is that!The Orthodox have split and fought over ethnic issues for many centuries.More worrying. In recent years the Orthodox are now allowing artificial contraception, and even abortion.I got into a discussion with some Orthodox about why they don't stand up more strongly against abortion – I almost never hear of them in pro-life groups and demonstrations. Some Orthodox theolgians have made comments in recent times to show that they do NOT believe that abortion is always wrong and that for serious reasons, including rape, it may be permitted.Years ago when I was becoming more and more disillusioned with the Anglican Church I made contact with several Orthodox priests. I was amazed at how uninterested they were in me converting to Orthodoxy. I was also amazed at how ethnically based the various Orthodox Churches were and are.And apart from all of this – Jesus established the Church under Peter. We have absolutely no right to defy Our Lord's wishes on this matter.

  • http://openid.aol.com/julcesar01 julcesar01

    Veritas,Interesting that you mention contraception, the Church of England allowed contraception in 1930, and that didn't tempt Lewis to 'pope'. It's interesting how the pope in ecumenical dialogue does not mention any of this to the orthodox, but rather declares that the Catholic Church rejects any effort to persuade faithful pass over to it from the Orthodox Church.Furthermore, the Catholic Church allows Orthodox Christians to receive holy communion at its liturgies, always. That's a shocking omission on the pope's part. Also the Orthodox practice of divorce is not much different from annulments. On the whole there is much more unity on the ground(in terms of what to believe and in terms of morality) than there is in the Catholic Church. In the Catholic Chruch you have on one side your Hans Kungs, nuns who escort people to abortion clinics, bishops(Such as Cardinal Martini) who question the Churches stance on contraception and whether life begins at conception, and on the other hand you have your traditionalists, Bishop Burkes etc. You won't find such a wide spectrum of beliefs (which is at least implicitly tolerated) in the Orthodox Church.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14531024393615051496 veritas

    Julcesar01 said:"It's interesting how the pope in ecumenical dialogue does not mention any of this to the orthodox, but rather declares that the Catholic Church rejects any effort to persuade faithful pass over to it from the Orthodox Church.Furthermore, the Catholic Church allows Orthodox Christians to receive holy communion at its liturgies, always." I don't know where you are getting your information from but there are some serious errors in your statement above. I have never heard of any Pope rejecting the Church's evangelsitic call to conversion from any non Catholic church or denomination into the Catholic Church. If a Pope has done that then he is acting contrary to official Church teaching.The comment about Holy Communion is absolutely wrong. The Church has said repeatedly, that in extreme circumstances, a Christian who has exactly the same view as Catholics about the Blessed Sacrament and therefore believes It to be truly the Body of Christ, providing they have no access to their own priests or church, may receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church. In other words, this provision is only for very special circumstamnces and only if they believe exactly the Catholic view of the Sacrament and only if they have no way of receiving the Sacrament from their own church. It seems to be really for someone in danger of death.It is not, and has never been, an invitation to easy and constant inter-communion. If an individual Catholic priest allows Orthodox to receive Holy Communion on a regular and non exceptional basis, then he is breaking Church law.Your comments about various heretics in the Catholic Church has nothing to do with official Church teaching. That is the big difference between us and the Anglicans. The Anglican teaching is corrupted from the top down. It stands for nothing orthodox anymore – not in marriage, not in Holy Orders, not in liturgy etc. Whereas, in spite of many and public betrayers (such as the abortion supporting nun!) the teaching of the Catholic Church with regards to – marriage, Holy Orders, the Sacraments, the Person and Nature of Christ, the Trinity, sexual morality etc etc – has not changed one iota. It has remained faithful to Our Blessed Lord.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13954574912456427100 Cole Matson

    Thanks for posting this, Father. I went to Lewis' grave and laid flowers for him (and Warnie) on Sunday. I'm one of the C.S. Lewis Foundation's Scholars-in-Residence, living in the Kilns this year (I'm writing this from the room in which Lewis died), so I try to visit the grave to lay flowers on special occasions. (I did an Inklings-wide visit on All Souls to lay flowers for Jack and Warnie, Janie King Moore [the woman Lewis took care of for about 30 years, and who is buried in the same cemetery - please say a prayer for her if y'all visit], the Tolkiens, Charles Williams and his family, Hugo Dyson, and the Farrers.) I'll be here till the end of June as I work on my Theology degree. I'm always happy to show people to the grave when they visit Oxford, or lay flowers for people in absentia, if they want. He and the whole group of Inklings gave so much to the world. May we be half the servants they were.-Colehttp://colematson.com