This is a reprint of 2 devotionals, "The New Christian Year" (1941) and "The Passion of Christ: Being the Gospel Narrative of the Passion with Short Passages Taken from the Saints and Doctors of the Church" (1939), both chosen by Charles Williams, an English poet, novelist, theologian, literary critic, and teacher. Charles Walter Stansby Williams was most often associated with the Inklings (a group of christian writers including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis), Williams was also cited as a major influence on W.H. Auden's conversion to christianity and he was a peer and friend of T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Sayers and Evelyn Underhill. These devotionals collect writings from throughout the history of christian thought. His choices were novel at the time, referencing Kierkegaard just as his translations were appearing in english print (Williams helped edit the first translations in England) and drawing upon the little known sermons of the poet John Donne.
For each day of the Church year (starting in Advent), quotes will be posted as they appeared in the 1941 edition of "The New Christian Year". They are categorized by the source on the left, so that readers can read more from each author. I will also add links to websites about each source.
During lent the "The New Christian Year" will be supplemented by quotes from "The Passion of the Christ". This text has passages from the Gospel accounts of the passion supplemented by quotes from the "Saints and Doctors of the Church".
It is impossible that God should ever be the end, if He is not the
beginning. We lift our eyes on high, but lean upon the sand; and the
earth will dissolve, and we shall fall whilst looking at the heavens.
"I will reprove thee and set before thine eyes what thou hast
done." It is the Lord who thus spoke; all that opposes Him must of
necessity oppose itself; so that at last there will be the complaint,
"O thou watcher of men, why hast thou set me as a mark for thee, so
that I am a burden to myself?" . . . Nothing can contradict God and be
consistent with itself; on the contrary, whosoever shall be reproved by
God shall be reproved also by himself.
Wherever thou goest, whatever thou dost, at home or abroad, in the
field or at church, do all in a desire of union with Christ, in
imitation of His tempers and inclinations, and look upon all as nothing
but that which exercises and increases the Spirit and life of Christ in
thy soul. From morning to night keep Jesus in thy heart, long for
nothing, desire nothing, hope for nothing, but to have for all that is
within thee changed into the Spirit and temper of the holy Jesus.