Quote for Today: Madeleine L’Engle

The Annunciation by Jacopo Pontormo  CC Licensed Image by carulmare via Flickr

The Annunciation
by Jacopo Pontormo
CC Licensed Image
by carulmare

I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.

As for Mary, she was little more than a child when the angel came to her; she had not lost her child’s creative acceptance of the realities moving on the other side of the everyday world.

Madeleine L’Engle

 

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