Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Prayer for us from Madeleine L'Engle

    My grandmother, Madeleine L'Engle, was known to be a woman of great faith. This greatness of faith came from her own struggle with it.  Indeed, I believe that she wrote what she needed to hear, hope, believe. In A Wrinkle in Time, we all identify with fear of the threat of darkness, and wonder who or what is going to stand between us and IT.

    It is the same in the books following. This poem below is St. Patrick's Rune from A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which is itself an adaptation of The Lorica of St. Patrick. (Of which it is said that God turned St. Patrick and his followers into deer when they were pursued.)

    Who comes between you and the powers of darkness? I can't even begin to write about what happened on Friday morning, but I can share my struggle and my DESIRE for faith with you - indeed, maybe that is how we can help each other, and hug our own children tighter:  Children lean toward hope and away from cynicism. Let us be childlike, and place this prayer between us and despair.

    St. Patrick's Rune

    At Tara in this fateful hour
    I place all Heaven with its power
    And the sun with its brightness,
    And the snow with its whiteness,
    And the fire with all the strength it hath,
    And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
    And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
    And the sea with its deepness,
    And the rocks with their steepness,
    And the earth with its starkness:
    All these I place
    By God’s almighty help and grace
    Between myself and the powers of darkness!


  1. I have always loved this, from my very favorite of Madeleine's books. Thanks, Lena.

  2. Your grandmother's writing have been tremendously important to me in my own faith journey, and I have quoted her a number of times in sermons. Thanks for posting this, and so glad to have found your blog.

  3. This information about A Prayer for us from Madeleine L'Engle is extremely useful for me! appreciation for giving out. it’s all very new and clearly written!

  4. The manufacturers of replica watches Rolex watches apperceive that their latest watches are getting replicated and to abstain accident of business they accomplish attenuate and accomplished changes to their ambit of watches.This is a cat and abrasion bold and as anon as changes are fabricated in the original,a few down the line,they are congenital in the Swiss replica watches as well.So what does one angle to accretion if they are purchasing Swiss replica watches? For one the budgetary accumulation is obvious.Afar from that there is bell ross replica the accord of apperception too.If anyone is mugged and their aboriginal Swiss watch is burgled,they accept a lot to anticipate about.Not so for those who accept Swiss replica watches on them.They can simple go out and acquirement addition Swiss replica watches the next day.Replica handbags awash in food will accept to gucci replica anguish about patents and copyrights.However,the internet has brought a absolutely new ambit to that.Added than replica handbags,replica items can be calmly begin on the internet.There are actually accoutrements of fashionable replica handbags sellers commercial their articles on the internet.Some even action cash-back offers.Manufacturing of these replica accoutrements takes abode in Far East.China has become a arch supplier in this regard.In fact,some of the replica handbags are so acceptable chanel replica that even backpack experts cannot acquaint the difference.These manufacturers are acceptable at authoritative apery replica handbags.The material,the adroitness and the account is so acceptable that it is actual difficult to differentiate amid a 18-carat fashionable backpack and the replica.Women who buy replica handbags are absolutely afraid at louis vuitton replica the top superior replica handbags they get.This lures them to acquirement added of them.In addition,they adjustment analogous shoes and added dior replica.dior replica is to women one of those allegorical names,a name with bewitched connotation,apery dream artist handbags.

  5. "St Patrick's Rune" comes from a 19th-century English translation from the Gaelic. Here is a literary source: ISBN: 978-0716526001 The entire Lorica is here, under the title "St. Patrick's Hymn before Tara." This book is Volume Four of the complete Poems ( including translations of poetry in languages other than English, and by other authors) by the native Dubliner, James Clarence Mangan. To my knowledge, the excerpt known as "St Patrick's Rune" almost never appears with Mangan's name in the translator credits. But look at the "Hymn before Tara" and see for yourselves how exactly this English version was taken from the Mangan version for "A Swiftly Tilting Planet."
    This volume was not available in Madeleine L'Engle's lifetime as it has just been released in 1999 by Irish University Press. Mangan's poems, however, have been printed in various editions ever since his death in around 1850.

  6. Sometimes, ruthless moneylenders may not give exceptionally great terms to your credit. This implies your advance understanding is for a shorter timeframe. For bigger advance sums, this can really drive up your regularly scheduled installment and increment your obligation to pay proportion. payday loans corona

  7. It turns out the proprietor was in a comparable circumstance as myself just he was attempting to offer while I was hoping to purchase. The entire circumstance was set up for a snappy deal and fast move in. Consummate. Cash Advance San-diego

  8. Great Information sharing .. I am very happy to read this article .. thanks for giving us go through info.Fantastic nice. I appreciate this post.
    Check Out Your URL

  9. “Best Blogpost! You post interesting articles here. Your blog deserves_ much more visitors.”


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.