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The price of love.

THE PRICE OF LOVE The late, great Christian author C. S. Lewis of Narnia fame also is known for his inspirational non-fiction. He points out the dangers of loving--and the dangers of being too afraid to love:

"To love is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.

"But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside heaven you can be perfectly safe from all dangers and perturbations of love is hell."

(The Four Loves, Harcourt)
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Title Annotation:C. S. Lewis on love
Author:Schlumpf, Heidi
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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