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Sabbatum Excerpt: Self-Denial from the Imitation of Christ


My child, you cannot have perfect liberty unless you completely deny yourself.1

Those who only seek their own interests and are lovers of themselves are in chains – they are coveteous, curious, wanderers who always seek things that appeal to them and not the things of Jesus Christ, and often devise and plan things that will not succeed.

For all that is not of God will fail.

Keep this short and perfect word: “Give up everything and you will find everything.”2 Give up every immoderate desire and you will find rest.

Consider this well, and when you have put it into practice you will understand all things.

O Lord, this is not the work of one day or the sport of children – indeed, in that short sentence is all the perfection of spiritual people.

1 Matthew 16:24-25

2 Matthew 19:27-29


Kempis, Thomas A. “Book III: Internal Consolation.” The Imitation of Christ. Trans. Harold J. Chadwick. New Jersey: Bridge-Logos, 1999. 174. Print.

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Statutory Directives from Uncle Screwtape


I wrote this letter on behalf of Screwtape to Wormwood for an online class ‘The Literatures of C.S. Lewis.’ and later published it in my blog.

My dear Wormwood,

I was very disappointed after I went through some lines of your last letter. You seemed to be wasting a precious time in vain. Now is the time to strike the Patient’s mind when he is focused out on the Enemy. Having said, I also strictly caution you not to make any hasty move either. Watch out his every thought and action and discern his motives. Be careful in your excitement. As I have mentioned early that the gradual degradation of human animal’s spirituality is good for us and it best works in our favor.

Your Patient certainly knows how to use the modern technologies in the market. The Enemy’s two-legged animals have proved how much gifted they are from the Enemy by setting their feet on the moon. Their intelligence is not always good for them too. Some of these have already demonstrated that they also could be our helpful agent to wage war against their own race. At present, some are posing a threat to world due to weapons of mass destruction. But then people are developing new concepts and tools to promote invisible web on the air called “World Wide Web” or generally internet.

We want more confusion so that doubt will rule over the ninny Patient. But there is also a great risk too that might open his eyes to see his inward spiritual state and outward response to his action.

The latter tool is accessible to even children worldwide. No other tool will be more effective than that. Your Patient is very familiar with it. However, he has learned to handle it in a proper manner recently. Thus, the Enemy has sidelined us from the Patient’s interest.

You, however, ought to change the strategy of your manipulation of your Patient. Otherwise, he could be a grave threat to our plan. Then, you know the consequence that you’ll have to bear. First, make him stop reading the Enemy’s book called the “BIBLE.” Rather, help him to do more research online for his spirituality than reading the Word and obeying the Enemy. By doing this, he’ll find more complicated and unreliable resources that some of our agents have championed. We want more confusion so that doubt will rule over the ninny Patient. But there is also a great risk too that might open his eyes to see his inward spiritual state and outward response to his action. So, you must divert his attention from that kind of resources, and lure him to fix his eyes on the conspicuous advertising banners. Do not get freaked out when you see gorgeous young women on the internet, lest; he will know your purpose and cease to be a wishy-washy man.

Second, influence him and take him into your confidence before you make another move. Make him believe that browsing internet to watch beautiful women is not sin, since he meets dashing and charming women every day. Keep it in mind that these revolting creatures of the Enemy can be easily attracted by skin-deep beauty of their opposite sex. Now, use every coherent argument, if needed, as weapons to persuade him to watch semi-nude pictures of women. Remind him of his past heydays how much he enjoyed going to beach and basking his back in the sun glaring at those beautiful women in bikinis. Find out if he finds any difference between those women in bikini on the beach and other women in bikini on the internet. If he feels comfortable with it, you are half done.

Finally, know the weakness of these stubborn animals. Now, hit the spot! Persuade him to visit the forbidden sites that contain exclusive pictures and videos. You must not retreat until you make sure that his mind is totally absorbed in whatever he is watching in the sites. You have to treat your Patient very well and be very cooperative at this point until he moves toward the slippery slope of any form of addiction where it be porn or whatever. The open gate of our Father Below in the Hell will be wide for him if you can guide him to now other levels – dark pit of adultery or fornication from where he can never come out.

Your affectionate uncle

SCREWTAPE


 Characters' Guide

Screwtape – Senior devil

Wormwood – Screwtape’s cousin, a protege

Enemy – God of the Bible

Patient – a new believer

Two-legged animals – humankind

Father Below – Satan; ruler of the hell