Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Real Presence - C.S. Lewis

This first quote was in my RCIA book and I didn't believe it was authentic until I looked it up.

“You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of the gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. … Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” (From “The Weight of Glory,” pp. 39-40)

And of course:

"There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it." - Mere Christianity

...Lewis believed in the real presence.

just like luther...just like augustine... yay real presence.

I'm getting "Letters to Malcolm" by C.S. Lewis for Christmas, and I'm stoked to read it because it contains his thoughts on Purgatory etc. Oh Lewis, that crazy Anglican who was so Catholic...what a guy.


  1. Just like Calvin, and John Williamson Nevin, and John Owen, and Westminster Confession, and...well, everybody but the Anabaptists and Baptists