By C. S. Lewis

The vintage A yr with C.S. Lewis is an intimate day by day spouse by way of C.S. Lewis, an important Christian author of the twentieth century. The day-by-day meditations were culled from Lewis’ celebrated signature classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The nice Divorce, The challenge of discomfort, Miracles, and A Grief saw, as good as from the prestigious works The Weight of Glory and The Abolition of Man. Ruminating on such topics because the nature of affection, the lifestyles of miracles, overcoming a devastating loss, and learning a profound Christian religion, A 12 months with C.S. Lewis bargains unflinchingly sincere perception for every day of the yr.

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I propose that Christians complete all interpretations of their Story by choosing for life for all. For life captures well the biblical conviction that God totally favors life and calls humankind into life-giving partnership. “I have set before you life and death . . choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). It echoes Jesus’ great summary statement, reflected throughout his ministry, “I came that you might have life, and have it to the full” ( John 10:10). At its best, Christian tradition stands radically for life—a theme developed in the coming chapters.

All of us were relieved when Joey skipped, but pity, he usually came. 41 WHAT MAKES US CATHOLIC I imagined what psychologists might say about Joey’s behavior— misplaced anger, needing attention, self-hatred—but no explanation relieved the sleepless nights he caused me back then. Joey would have given bad dreams to a seasoned veteran, but for me, a firstyear, junior faculty member, he was a nightmare. I figured out by midsemester that Joey was determined to break my spirit, which would amount to getting me to treat him the way he treated me.

For example, contemporary feminist consciousness is helping to uncover the inclusivity demanded by Christian Story and challenging the Church to rid itself of sexism. Interfacing present social consciousness with the ancient wisdom of Christian Story helps the Faith to come alive again in fresh and more life-giving ways. At the same time, we recognize that every person and community has blind spots and bigotry fostered by their social and cultural world. The Church once cited the biblical curse of Ham upon Canaan (see Genesis 9:18–27) to legitimate slavery; it was blinded by the prejudices of the time.

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