Posted by: ritagone | July 24, 2019

A Few Thoughts

If you know me at all, you know that I love the writings of C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), both his works of fiction and his non-fiction.  In fact, when I

get to heaven, I’m going to greet Jesus first, of course, but after a few hundred years of conversation with Him, the next person I want to meet is Clive Staples Lewis, where I’m sure the line will be long waiting to talk to him.

I’ve been re-reading his fiction in the past month, all seven of the books that comprise what to me are the greatest work of story-telling around: The Chronicles of Narnia.  In fact, you know that game you play occasionally around the dining table, where your daughter asks, “If you could only take one book with you to a desert island, what would it be?”, my answer would always be the seven Narnia books (because they are, after all, a collection and so serve as one book).

I’ve also been re-reading some of his non-fiction prose.  Some of it is way over my head, filled with Latin references as befits a scholar and professor at both Cambridge and Oxford, much too erudite for this little girl with a Bachelor’s Degree from U.C.L.A. (class of 1966).  But one of the non-fiction works that I have relished re-reading is “The Weight of Glory,” a series of essays or sermons delivered by Lewis during World War II, a time of great conflict and disturbance in the British Isles to which Lewis brought his voice of sanity and reason and faith.

I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes in this book, just re-print it here and let you read it and mull over it yourselves, let it sink in and touch your heart and soul.

So here it is:

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one

day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.  All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.  It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.  There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a m

ere mortal….Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses.” (pages 45-46)

As I said, this is a paragraph to be thought about, prayed over, and taken into consideration as to its implications for our lives.  Please do so at your leisure.

I will be gone next week, on a little excursion to Vancouver, B.C., with Michael and friends, so there will be a respite from Rita’s Ramblings, but my heart will be here with you, hoping and praying that God is touching your lives in many wondrous ways.

Until August 7, be well and follow Jesus closely.

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  1. Rita, your ramblings as usual are refreshing and inspiring. This one however made me want to go out and purchase me some C.S, for upcoming power outages. Already have my solar powered generator, so I’ll have plenty of light and cold beverages on hand. It has been many years since I have opened any of his writings. I’ll probably be in line with you even though I have one stop to make between Jesus and him. Thanks as usual. Love you so.
    Annie


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