The Friendship of Christ
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By Robert Hugh Benson
All arguments about allegory aside, the description of Aslan in C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe can suitably be said of Christ: “Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.” And because he is good, Christ the King tells his disciples: “I have made known to you all that my Father has told me; and so I have called you my friends.” In The Friendship of Christ, Robert Hugh Benson meditates on the mystery of God’s gift of friendship to his creatures, discoursing on the mystical aspect of this friendship in the soul of the believer; on its external manifestations, especially in the Church and the Eucharist; and on the historical evidence of the “supreme pledge of friendship” offered by the God-Man, once and for all.
He is as good as He is great.
His love is as ardent as it is true.…
I am in all things His debtor, but He bids me call Him Friend.
( Robert Hugh Benson)
Comprising a series of sermons preached from 1910 to 1912, The Friendship of Christ makes for richly rewarding spiritual reading, anchored in sacred Scripture and imbued with its author’s affectionate acceptance of Christ’s call to friendship.
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Robert Hugh Benson (1871–1914), son of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, was a convert to Roman Catholicism and was ordained a priest in 1904. A dynamic preacher and author, Benson wrote dozens of novels as well as numerous short stories, plays, essays, and spiritual texts.