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Hildegard was a multi-tasker

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Hi everyone,

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
Heroines of History

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.


Author: jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

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