Old Donation Episcopal Church
Today in Oxford we had a day primarily devoted to C.S. Lewis. We started with a delightful visit in his home, "The Kilns." Our guide brought “Jack” Lewis to life with many stories that helped us know him as one who lived his faith. C.S. Lewis not only wrote fascinating and engaging stories and books that passed along the Christian message, he ‘walked the walk’ faithfully.
When we wondered why he seemed to always be without money despite the enormous popularity (and sales) of his books, we heard that he donated approximately 70% of his pre-tax income. We learned that he had lent his house out for large numbers of displaced girls from London for several years during the WWII German bombing of England. He turned down prestigious appointments because they would take him away from Oxford and his friends. He had quirky personality traits and rarely took care of his own needs, but always provided for needs of others. His words were more than words to him. We left treasuring his work even more.
We enjoyed wonderful hospitality in Brasenose College, heard a talk about the Oxford colleges, and walked the city. We finished with a Choral Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral, again featuring a boys and men’s choir of enormous talent.
Every day we experience something that surprises us and deepens the learning of this pilgrimage. God is surely good to us!