Friday, September 07, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle

One of my favorite authors, Madeleine L'Engle, died yesterday. I just found out. It makes me sad.

The New York Times article ends:

“Why does anybody tell a story?” Ms. L’Engle once asked, even though she knew the answer.

“It does indeed have something to do with faith,” she said, “faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”

With a free subscription, you can read the article here.

An article published by Episcopal Life has a quote from her about suffering and grief. You can read it here.

Several years ago, I was one of the adults on a youth camping trip. Most of the group were out on a hike. I was at the campsite reading "Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art." Another adult who came back just ahead of the group saw the title and said, "Oh, that's how you do it-- a how to book -- walking on water."


Serena said...

She was one of my very favorite authors too. I posted about her here.

revabi said...

Yes, i knew it all the time about you that you walked on water. I loved that book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, really nice.

Jan said...

Thank you for remembering this lovely lady. She nurtured me as an adolescent up to my middle-agedom.

SpookyRach said...

Love the quotes...

Genizah Keeper said...

She was my favorite author too. I came here looking for what you said about the hymn "Saranam" which she mentioned in House Like a Lotus. I've never heard it and would like to find it. I posted a tribute to Madeleine as well on my blog.
Blessings on your ministry and please pray for me in mine too. I'm also a doctoral student; my field is New Testament.

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