I’ve been re-reading C.S. Lewis lately – actually, I’m listening to him. He was an Oxford professor and committed atheist who found himself in the perplexing position of believing in God. He tells about his conversion in a variety of ways in each of his writings, from allegorical fantasy in The Chronicles of Narnia to philosophical-theological explanation in The Problem of Pain and Mere Christianity.
I go back to Lewis regularly for his clearsighted explanation of Christianity. He died in 1963 [the same day as JFK], but he anticipated a lot of this world of the third millennium. When asked about current events, Lewis used to explain that he rarely paid attention to mass media.
He relied on his friends to tell him if there was something important that he could act on. For all the other upsets, tragedies, reversals, he took his newfound life as a Christian most seriously – he would fast and pray.
We who believe that God is our Father, and that he has chosen us to take part in his life and work, are called to that same serious purpose. The most practical thing we can do is join with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with our Mother Mary and the communion of Saints in offering the thing the world needs most keenly – the union of the People of God, His Church, with Him. We achieve that in prayer and fasting. Please respond with your best efforts to difficulties you encounter in life – remember to pray your rosary daily, take the time before weekly mass to form your intention and offer it for the good of the world. And fast and pray, we know we the world needs it. I’ll let Lewis have the last word:
Progress means getting nearer to the
place where you want to be. And if you
have taken a wrong turning, then to go
forward does not get you any nearer.