Seventy-seven years ago today C.S. Lewis delivered the first of three lectures that would eventually become The Abolition of Man.
Tonight, CDA Dallas is hosting a lecture and group discussion on the first of those lectures: Men Without Chests. If you are in the Dallas area and interested in attending, RSVP to join us at Communion Neighborhood Cooperative.
From the Book of Common Prayer's excellent call to a Holy Lent:
Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.
For those who are looking for an Ash Wednesday service this week: I will be preaching at the 12pm Tradition service at the Incarnation Main Campus, and the 6pm Contemporary service at the Incarnation North campus. Let me know if you plan to attend either!
I have been writing a short series for the CiRCE Institute on what modern educators can glean from St. Augustine's reflections on his own education throughout his Confessions. You can read the first two posts in the series below.