Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Aim at Heaven

Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. [...] Aim at Heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in': aim at earth and you will get neither.
~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, (1952)


On this day:

1963 Lewis died at 5:30 p.m. at the Kilns, one week short of his sixty-fifth birthday. News of his death was overshadowed by the assassination of John F. Kennedy on the same day. He is buried in the yard of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, Oxford. Warren Lewis chose the inscription for his brother's gravestone to express his own grief. He identifies its source and special family meaning: "When our mother died on August 23, 1908, there was a Shakespearean calendar hanging on the wall of the room where she died, and my father preserved for the rest of his life the leaf for that day, with its quotation: 'Men must endure their going hence.'"

4 Comment(s):

At Tue Nov 22, 03:22:00 PM EST, Blogger MrKimi said...

How timely!

I was thinking about hope and faith just yesterday and I realised I didn't understand the difference. This clears it up nicely.


At Tue Nov 22, 06:13:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the labor of love in this blog. Lewis is an enduring literary and faith figure. Thanks for keeping his thought at the forefront!

At Wed Nov 23, 07:37:00 PM EST, Anonymous Marty said...

I did on post on the events of 42 years ago on my group blog, Mazurland Blog. It's an essay on memory, forgetting, and the deaths of Kennedy, Huxley, and Lewis. Your readers might find it interesting. Here's the link.

I'm glad I found your blog!

At Thu Nov 24, 04:36:00 PM EST, Blogger Arevanye said...

Thanks for sharing that link, Marty! Well-written post. :)


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