Tuesday, November 22, 2005

CQOD: 11/22/05 -- C. S. Lewis: on religion

Christian Quotation of the Day

November 22, 2005
Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis, Spiritual Writer, 1963
    ... you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
    ... Leviticus 19:18b (ESV)

    The word religion is extremely rare in the New Testament and the writings of mystics. The reason is simple. Those attitudes and practices to which we give the collective name of religion are themselves concerned with religion hardly at all. To be religious is to have one’s attention fixed on God and on one’s neighbor in relation to God. Therefore, almost by definition, a religious man, or a man when he is being religious, is not thinking about religion; he hasn’t the time. Religion is what we (or he himself at a later moment) call his activity from outside.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), “Lilies that Fester,” from The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays, p. 32 [1960]

Quiet time reflection:
    I reject the world's religious counterfeits. I seek only Your grace, Lord, to do Your will.

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