Aslan is dead...and awaits the Resurrection
Walter Hooper, biographer of CS Lewis and convert to the Catholic Church, tells the story of meeting John Paul II for the first time. Hooper was not yet a Catholic, but meeting him was something that he could only liken to Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia.
Meeting John Paul II, he said, was like meeting Aslan--the lion of Narnia, the figure of Christ.
In the Narnia tales, the lion dies...but later comes back to life. "You died!" he is told. "Yes," says Aslan, "most creatures in the universe have, you know."
John Paul II, our Aslan, is dead...
...but he will rise again.
ad majorem dei gloriam