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Peace and “God within the heart”

Madeleine L’Engle was a writer and poet who took her inspiration from her faith – but expressed it in children’s tales, such as A Wrinkle in Time, in poetry, and in books of reflections. She was writer-in-residence at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

She died at the age of 88 on September 6, 2007.

As the world prays for peace in Syria, this selection from her poem “The Ordering of Love,” serves as a good meditation today:

Peace is the centre of the atom, the core
Of quiet within the storm…
Peace is not placidity: peace is
The power to endure the megatron of pain
With joy, the silent thunder of release,
The ordering of Love. Peace is the atom’s start,
The primal image: God within the heart.