Posts Tagged ‘C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity


7.19.18 … In This Stillness …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

I loved walking up to the labyrinth today because for the first time ever, it was being used; a youth group from SC in town for a mission trip filled the sacred garden, and they were walking the labyrinth as a group. And the leaders were teaching about the labyrinth. It is an underutilized resource. So grateful to see someone understanding and using it. And teaching a new generation about it.

After the group finished, I walked, and it was a noisy walk. The birds were going wild and there was a baby crying in the distance.

This is another venting walk. I’ll just leave it at that …

Here are a few quotes for you:

Charity means ‘Love, in the Christian sense’. But love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people….

Our love for ourselves does not mean that we like ourselves. It means that we wish our own good.

In the same way Christian Love (or Charity) for our neighbours is quite a different thing from liking or affection. We ‘like’ or are ‘fond of’ some people, and not of others. It is important to understand that this natural liking’ is neither a sin nor a virtue, any more than your likes and dislikes in food are a sin or a virtue. It is just a fact. But, of course, what we do about it is either sinful or virtuous.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins 2001) 129-130.

What have you

To offer to me?

What is it

You feel I ask?


O my people,

What you see

To be your task.

Not that you

Forever harp on

Things so clear

To me above –

Simple are my


All I ask

Is that you love.

Love is clear

And Love is simple,

Quick to help

And slow to cease,

Love is Gratitude

And Patience,

Love is Kindness,

Love is Peace.

Source: excerpt of the poem “In This Stillness” from Philip Britts, Water at the Root


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May 2020