Quotes from Madeleine L’Engle


The moment humility becomes self-conscious, it becomes hubris. One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time…Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else. –A Circle of Quiet

The Creed

You can’t understand the Creed like your Baedeker guide to Athens. Its in the language of poetry. Its trying to talk about things that can’t be pinned down by words, and it has to try to break words apart and thrust beyond them. –The Summer of the Great-Grandmother


The Intellect

We do not go around, or discard the intellect, but we must go through and beyond it. If we are given minds we are required to use them, but not limit ourselves by them. –A Circle of Quiet

Madeleine L’Engle

We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it. –Walking on Water


In my mind’s ear I can hear God saying to God, “Can I do it? Do I love them that much? Can I leave my galaxies, my solar systems, can I leave the hydrogen clouds and the birthing stars and the journeyings of comets, can I leave all that I have made, give it all up, and become a tiny, unknowing seed in the belly of a young girl? Do I love them that much? Do I have to do that in order to show them what i is to be human?” Yes! The answer on our part is a grateful Alleluia! Amen! God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son…” –Penguins and Golden Calves

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March 11, 2014


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