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Thursday, May 3, 2007

The Church of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Today (April 29), Anna suprised me with her profound insight that seems so rare in modern times. I should note that Anna is just over a week from turning five years old. She is blessed by having a Mother that enjoys reading good Literature to her children. Her mind is being developed and growing sharper as she learns and explores in her imagination and the world around her.

One of the fine pieces of literature that is being read to my children is The Chronicles of Narnia. As we where sitting in Mass Anna turns her head to me and made an observation about the statue of Jesus that was right in front of us. ``Jesus looks like He has been turned to stone by the White Witch. If we had a picture of Aslan we could be at the Church of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe!''

It reminded me just how important fine literature and the basic elements of a classical education are to my children. Anna easily identified Aslan as The Christ in Narnia and the White Wìtch as the enemy of The Christ. Anna understands, as well as a 5 year old can, that Aslan isn't an analogy of Christ per se, but some theorize that Aslan is what/who Christ would be if the other world of Narnia that is in Lewis' mind existed in reality.

In some ways she has a grasp of the beauty of Jesus’ love and who He is in her heart better than I could ever teach her on my own. No matter where she goes or becomes may she always recognize Christ and His Love wherever it is found.

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