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Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it. But neither does God need any of those things that are done by finite agents, whether living or inanimate. He could, if He chose, repair our bodies miraculously without food; or give us food without the aid of farmers, bakers, and butchers, or knowledge without the aid of learned men; or convert the heathen without missionaries. Instead, He allows soils and weather and animals and the muscles, minds, and wills of men to cooperate in the execution of His will... It is not really stranger, nor less strange, that my prayers should affect the course of events than that my other actions should do so. They have not advised or changed God' s mind -- that is, His overall purpose. But that purpose will be realized in different ways according to the actions, including the prayers, of His creatures.


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Ascension If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no mea...
C. S. LEWIS
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
C. S. LEWIS
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
C. S. LEWIS
Try to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what ...
C. S. LEWIS
Courage is not simply one of the virtues , but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
C. S. LEWIS
Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot...
C. S. LEWIS
If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wo...
C. S. LEWIS
Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconception...
C. S. LEWIS
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
C. S. LEWIS
Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, a...
C. S. LEWIS
We are what we believe we are.
C. S. LEWIS
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
C. S. LEWIS
Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things...
C. S. LEWIS
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
C. S. LEWIS
This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet...
C. S. LEWIS
It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
C. S. LEWIS
Continuing a Lenten series on prayer: I have called my material surroundings a stage set. In this ...
C. S. LEWIS
Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230 Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis, Spiritual Writ...
C. S. LEWIS
My own idea, for what it is worth, is that all sadness which is not now either arising from the repe...
C. S. LEWIS
Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945 It may be possible for each of us to th...
C. S. LEWIS
If we once accept the doctrine of the Incarnation, we must surely be very cautious in suggesting tha...
C. S. LEWIS
Commemoration of Bartolomè de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566 An essential part of ...
C. S. LEWIS
Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses,...
C. S. LEWIS
Commemoration of Wilfrid, Abbot of Ripon, Bishop of York, Missionary, 709 Commemoration of Elizabet...
C. S. LEWIS
Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230 Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis, Spiritual Wri...
C. S. LEWIS
Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066 The very activities for which we were created are, while we...
C. S. LEWIS
Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380 Can we believe that God ever modifies His act...
C. S. LEWIS
If... you are ever tempted to think that we modern Western Europeans cannot really be so very bad be...
C. S. LEWIS
THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE We are very shy nowadays of even mentioning Heaven. We ...
C. S. LEWIS
Those who talk of reading the Bible "as literature" sometimes mean, I think, reading it without atte...
C. S. LEWIS
Feast of John Vianney, Curè d'Ars, 1859 I am, indeed, far from agreeing with those who t...
C. S. LEWIS
I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
C. S. LEWIS
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressiv...
C. S. LEWIS
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole w...
C. S. LEWIS
What I am afraid of is the first thing I was ever aware of being afraid of and what I have told my d...
S. C. GWYNNE
This is who I am: a flyspeck of human vanity in a trillion miles of stone-dead interstellar space; a...
S. C. GWYNNE
Some men demand rough treatment everywhere!
S. C. HALL
They managed to find time... to tell me that there was no chance of my being accepted for service an...
C. S. FORESTER
Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Ho...
C. S. FORESTER
Cats may have had their goose / Cooked by tobacco-juice; / Still why deny its use / Thoughtfully tak...
C. S. CALVERLEY
The work is with me when I wake up in the morning; it is with me while I eat my breakfast in bed and...
C. S. FORESTER
Novel writing is far and away the most exhausting work I know.
C. S. FORESTER
I formed a resolution to never write a word I did not want to write; to think only of my own tastes ...
C. S. FORESTER
With two people and luggage on board she draws four inches of water. Two canoe paddles will move her...
C. S. FORESTER
I cannot sing the old songs now! / It is not that I deem them low; / 'Tis that I can't remember how ...
C. S. CALVERLEY
through crucifixion only the resurrection is possible
BASIL C S
Get out, you blazing ass! / Gabble o' the goose. Don't bugaboo-baby me!
C. S. CALVERLEY
The Destiny of a good man is to live for self actualization
BASIL C S
And this song is considered a perfect gem, / And as to the meaning, it's what you please.
C. S. CALVERLEY
through crucifixion only the resurrection is possible
BASIL C S
Eugene Aram, though a thief, a liar, and a murderer, / Yet, being intellectual, was amongst the nobl...
C. S. CALVERLEY
There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears.
C. S. ROBINSON
You want to know why there's a Texas Rangers? Well, here's the answer. You know how the six-...
S. C. GWYNNE
I have heard of novels started in the middle, at the end, written in patches to be joined together l...
C. S. FORESTER
A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular, and he could rarely afford...
C. S. FORESTER
There is still need to think and plan, but on a different scale, and along different lines.
C. S. FORESTER
I must mention again it was gorgeous weather, / Rhymes are so scarce in this world of ours.
C. S. CALVERLEY
Meaning, however, is no great matter.
C. S. CALVERLEY
Life is with such all beer and skittles; / They are not difficult to please / About their victuals.
C. S. CALVERLEY
If Love is not powerful , what else is .......!!!
BASIL C S
Age is not the count of wisdom
BASIL C S
Perhaps that suspicion of fraud enhances the flavor.
C. S. FORESTER
There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin at the beginning at to continue to the end.
C. S. FORESTER
True love makes the imperfect to perfect .... otherwise love is not true.....
BASIL C S
There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears.
C S ROBINSON
Life is with such all beer and skittles; / They are not difficult to please / About their victuals.
C. S. CALVERLEY
I cannot sing the old songs now! / It is not that I deem them low; / 'Tis that I can't remember how ...
C. S. CALVERLEY