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This is a great quote. I love C.S. Lewis. Have you ever read “A Severe Mercy?” One of my favorite books of all time. If you haven’t read it, it might be a good book to add to your list.
That’s a fanasttic quote. It’s right on, especially for Catholicism. I think – and this may only be my perception – but some of the Protestant denominations do emphasize a feel good approach to Christianity. I know CS Lewis was not a Roman Catholic, but he was an Anglo Catholic, which is not too far afield.
Lewis did this a lot! He revered George McDonald (19th century scottish pastor) as a spiritual/intellectual mentor (see The Abolition of Man) Lewis has filled the same role for thousands of believers. He was (is!) highly intelligent, yet brings a warm humanity to his thoughts on the faith. My impression is the Catholic Church does this much better than we Protestants. Thank you for sharing: I actually hadn’t seen that specific quote before. Another I love: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” –C S Lewis
My wife Greta always sent our kids out of the house with a call to “be Holy.” She felt that if they focused on that, then everything else would work out. She also had a program she used around the virtues with the kids and each year, she would dedicate a month to one virtue and the saints that best gave truth to that virtue in life. She would spend time after our rosary in the evening talking about the virtue and the saint and asking each child what they had done that day to try to develop that virtue as a habit in their lives. She sent this program years ago to several Catholic schools and also to religious orders for them to use as they saw fit in teaching kids in the schools or other uses.
I found myself working on a virtue today and heard her voice chiding me for stretching things a little bit. “There are two roads to eternity and one leads to heaven.” It is where we get the saying being on the ‘stright’ and ‘narrow.’ The path to heaven is straight no matter how often we want to insert turns and it is definetly narrow. The habits required are the virtues and each of them is hard to develop and easy to break. The other road is wide and well travelled and it works very well with habits that are easy to develop and hard to break. It makes an examination of a ‘well formed’ conscience on a very frequent basis essential. God how I miss that woman.
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