Madeleine L'Engle had a huge influence on me as a young person and also as a grown-up - particularly with regard to teaching. I had the privilege of hearing her speak and meeting her personally back in the late 70s -- a very memorable occasion!
A facebook friend posted the following today by L'Engle and I think it's truly worthy of reflection:
"How do we learn to bless, rather than damn, those with whom we disagree, those whom we fear, those who are different? ... All of Creation groans in travail. All will be redeemed in God's fullness of time, all, not just the small portion of the population who have been given the grace to know and accept Christ. All the strayed and stolen sheep. All the little lost ones.... To look for hell, not heaven, is a kind of blasphemy, for we are called to live in hope."