Quote of Note #51: Anxieties and Guilt

Teasel against a Gray Sky; photo by GAC

“Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith.  I don’t agree at all.  They are afflictions, not sins.  Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ.  For the beginning of the Passion — the first move, so to speak — is in Gethsemane.”

C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer.  New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1963, pages 41-42.


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