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Natural affection, a stronger angel and a fiercer devil....

There’s something in natural affection which will lead it on to eternal love more easily than natural appetite could be led on.  But there’s also something it it which makes it easier to stop at the natural level and mistake it for the heavenly.  Brass is mistaken for gold more easily than clay is.  And if it finally refuses conversion its corruption will be worse than the corruption of what ye call the lower passions.  It is a stronger angel, and therefore, when it falls, a fiercer devil. C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, ch....

posted on: Nov 3, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Perfect love casts out fear, but so do several other things....

Perfect love, we know, casteth out fear.  But so do several other things — ignorance, alcohol, passion, presumption, and stupidity.  It is very desirable that we should all advance to that perfection of love in which we shall fear no longer; but it is very undesirable, until we have reached that stage, that we should allow any inferior agent to cast out our fear. C.S. Lewis, The World\’s Last Night and Other Essays, “The World’s Last Night”, para....

posted on: Nov 2, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Don’t waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor...

The rule for all of us is perfectly simple.  Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbour; act as if you did.  As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets.  When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.  If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more.  If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, bk III, ch 9, para....

posted on: Nov 1, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow