Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Lewis: the badness of sadness

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
    Feast of John Vianney, Curè d’Ars, 1859
    Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
    —Ecclesiastes 11:10 (ESV)
    My own idea, for what it is worth, is that all sadness which is not now either arising from the repentance of a concrete sin and hastening towards concrete amendment or restitution, or else arising from pity and hastening to active assistance, is simply bad.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Problem of Pain, New York: Macmillan, 1944, p. 55 (see the book)
    See also Eccl. 11:10; Ps. 126:5-6; Isa. 35:10; 2 Cor. 7:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, guard me from temptations to melancholy.
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