Sunday, April 16, 2017

Let the Alleluias Ring!!!!!

There is a stage in a child's life at which it cannot separate the religious from the merely festal character of Christmas or Easter. 

 I have been told of a very small and a very devout boy who was heard murmuring to himself on Easter morning a poem of his own composition which began, "Chocolate Eggs and Jesus Risen".  This seems to me, for his age, both admirable poetry and admirable piety. 

 But of course the time will soon come when such a child can no longer effortlessly and spontaneously enjoy that unity.  He will become able to distinguish the spiritual from the ritual and festal aspect of Easter; chocolate eggs will no longer be sacramental.  And once he has distinguished he must put one or the other first. 

 If he puts the spiritual first he can still taste something of Easter in the chocolate eggs; if he puts the eggs first they will soon be no more than any other sweetmeat.  They have taken on an independent, and therefore a soon withering, life.  
-C.S. Lewis


  1. Your post makes me smile - so delightful - especially the little boy who said "chocolate eggs and Jesus is risen!" But also your sons and friend ( or did you adopt the dark haired teen?) I know from my daughters family that teens still love the candy and chocolate eggs!!
    Many thanks for sharing it with All Seasons (am still smiling!) Have a lovely week!

    1. Hi Jeannette - the boys are all mine! I have two adopted boys happily tucked into a mix of seven. Six boys, one girl!

  2. Great photos! I like how you composed them, as well as their clarity.