Saturday, May 14, 2005

Conversion

In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed; perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gate to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words compelle intrare, compel them to come in, have been so abused by wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.
~C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy, (1955)

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On this day:

1955 C. S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers published their article "Charles Williams" in the TIMES.

2 Comment(s):

At Sat May 14, 02:36:00 PM EST, Anonymous lizw said...

That is showing up much better on LJ now. Thank you for changing it!

 
At Sat May 14, 09:18:00 PM EST, Blogger Arevanye said...

You're welcome. I've been meaning to do that for some time now--this was a good excuse to finally get it done.

 

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