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November 30, 2022
Note from the Managing Editor
"'We do not know how to love,' says Louis, at the brink of his conversion to Christ, in Francois Mauriac's Vipers' Tangle. What we need, he adds, is a love that the world has forgotten. And that is the love of Christ, the love that is a consuming fire, that burns to ashes our hearts of stone and fills the emptiness with Christ's own heart, a heart of true flesh.

This is from Anthony Esolen's "When Love Isn't Love."

"When we say that God is love, and we are blithely confident about it rather than abashed or stunned into silence by the mystery, we are apt to make a false god of the pleasant affections we feel."

This reminds me of a passage from C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, in which Screwtape writes his nephew, "I have known cases where what the patient called his 'God' was actually located up and to the left at the corner of the bedroom ceiling, or inside his own head, or in a crucifix on the wall. But whatever the nature of the composite object, you must keep him praying to it—to the thing that he has made, not to the Person who has made him."

False gods can be subtle; idolatry can rest even in our unconscious assumptions. Advent is the time to bring these into the light and dig them up at the root.

With prayer for you all this week. - Meaghen Gonzalez
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