Welcome to Week 25 of 2012 and the writings of a woman who lived from 1098 to 1179 and over the past several years has become popular for her words, her connection with nature, her leadership. and her music.
Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Polymath is an old word that means someone who has expertise in many, divergent fields, something like a Renaissance man. Hildegard spent her childhood in a convent and much of her adult womanhood advising bishops, popes and leaders of orders of men and women.
Her expression of the unity of spirit and creation, quoted in In the Same Breath, is touching in its depth and simplicity.
No creature has meaning without the Word of God. God’s Word is in all creation, visible and invisible. The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity.
The Word flashes out in every creature.
This is how the spirit is in the flesh – the Word is indivisible from God.
I can’t help but think of the struggle that Catholic nuns are going through today as they deal with the criticism from the Vatican and wonder what Hildegard would have done or said.