“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
– C.S Lewis, The Four Loves
While I’m waiting for Audrey Assad to release more music videos for her new album, Evergreen, here’s a video from a collaboration project, The Porter’s Gate Project. This is “Wood and Nails”:
O humble carpenter, down on your hands and knees,
look on your handiwork and build a house so you may dwell in me,
so you may dwell in me…
The work was done with nothing
but wood and nails in your scarborne hands,
O show me how to work and praise,
trusting that I am your instrument
The kingdom’s come and built
upon wood and nails gripped with joyfulness,
So send me out with in Your ways,
knowing that the task is finished
The dead will rise and give you praise,
wood and nails will not hold them down!
These wooden tombs, we’ll break them soon,
and fashion them into flower beds
The curse is done, the battle one,
swords bent down to plowshares,
Your scareborne hands, we’ll join with them,
serving at the table you’ve prepared
Lewis had previously said that he thought chastity was the most unpopular thing in Christianity. In today’s episode, he changes his mind, suggesting that it is, in fact, forgiveness.
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Episode 19: “Forgiveness” (Download)
— Show Notes —
• My outline for today’s chapter is available here. Unfortunately, there isn’t a C.S. Lewis Doodle for it.
• The Drink-of-the-week was another scotch. Today Matt and I were drinking Ron Swanson‘s favourite, Lagavulin 16.
• This was our Quote-of-the-week:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.”
– C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
I came across this video of Stephanie Gray, giving a talk on Abortion entitled “From Controversy to Civility”:
Personally, I’m psyched! It’s been the first Valentine’s Day in a while where I know I know I definitely have plans (Mass) and know I’m going to receive a gift (ashes)!
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