CSL Daily 6/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first paperback edition of The Silver Chair came out on June 24, 1965 (first published September 7, 1953). 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The simple physical pains and (still more) the pleasures can’t be expressed in language. I labour the point lest the devil should hereafter try to make you believe that what was wordless was therefore vague and nebulous. But in reality it is just the clearest, the most concrete, and the most indubitable realities which escape language: not because they are vague but because language is.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 6/24/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

CSL Daily 6/23/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s poem “Vitrea Circe” was published in Punch on June 23, 1948  and was revised and reprinted in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Admits:) “Prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him (God) best.”

The Screwtape Letters VIII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/20/1941)

CSL Daily 6/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis showed the galley proofs for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the Inklings on June 22, 1950.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is not really you who are holding fast to Him but He to you: and He will bring you to wherever He wants.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 6/22/1948
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II

CSL Daily 6/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

An Expostulation (against too many writers of science fiction) – a poem from Lewis was published in the June, 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Glory, as Christianity teaches me to hope for it, turns out to satisfy my original desire and indeed to reveal an element in that desire which I had not noticed.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

CSL Daily 6/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The eighth Screwtape letter was published in The Guardian on June 20, 1941. It has the first mention of Slubgob.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Admits:) “One must face the fact that all the talk about His [God’s] love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth.”

The Screwtape Letters VIII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/20/1941)

CSL Daily 6/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Membership” was published in the June 1945 issue of Sobornost. Previously it was a talk given in February to the Society of St. Alban and St. Sergius in Oxford.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed, how we think of Him is of no importance except in so far as it is related to how He thinks of us.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

CSL Daily 6/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Daily Readings with C.S. Lewis came out on June 18, 1992. It was republished as C.S. Lewis: Readings for Meditation and Reflection.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.”

The Problem of Pain
(Quoted in Daily Readings with C.S. Lewis published on 6/18/92)

CSL Daily 6/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The paperback edition of The Personal Heresy by Lewis (with E.M.W. Tillyard)  was published on June 17, 1965.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. Remember, though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way round— we get afraid because we struggle.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne 6/17/1963
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

CSL Daily 6/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s brother, Warren “Warnie” Hamilton Lewis was born on June 16, 1895. He wrote books on French History.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We want the Church to be small not only that fewer men may know the Enemy but also that those who do may acquire the uneasy intensity and the defensive self-righteousness of a secret society or a clique.”

The Screwtape Letters VII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/13/1941)

CSL Daily 6/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s appointment at Magdalen College at Oxford officially began on June 15, 1925 and lasted nearly three decades.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself— to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed, & then to find yourself still in bed.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves 6/15/1930
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I)