“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
On St. Patrick’s Day, ‘tis a good opportunity to salute the writing of Clive Staple (C.S.) Lewis, born in Ireland in 1898, and one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.
Despite his quote above, Lewis started young, beginning to write in his parents’ attic at age 7 and never really stopping. He wrote more than 30 books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to resonate worldwide. Among C.S. Lewis's most distinguished and popular books are Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Screwtape Letters and, of course, the universally acknowledged The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books alone have sold over 100 million copies and been made into 3 major motion pictures.
His impact on the world's literature is ever-lasting, and he himself had a great love of literature and for what it stood. "Literature," he said, "adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives already have become."
As the world deals with a widespread pandemic, may the luck of the Irish -- and the words of this blessing -- be with us all.
An Irish Blessing
May your days be many
and your troubles be few.
May all God's blessings
descend upon you.
May peace be within you
may your heart be strong.
May you find what you're
seeking wherever you roam.
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