Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Today is the feast day of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), German mystic. During her very full life she produced major writings on theology, natural history & medicine, as well as composing music, including a symphony. At the impressive age of 60, she set off on the first of four successful preaching tours. So the next time you think it's too late for you to reach for your dream or calling, consider Hildegard!

God's Soul is the wind rustling plants and leaves,
the dew dancing on the grass,
the rainy breezes making everything to grow.
Just like this, the kindness of a person flows, touching
those dragging burdens of longing.
We should be a breeze helping the homeless,
dew comforting those who are depressed,
the cool, misty air refreshing the exhausted,
and with God's teaching we have got to feed the hungry:

This is how we share God's soul.

- Hildegard of Bingen, Hymn -
from A Little Daily Wisdom - Christian Women Mystics
by Carmen A. Butcher, p.195

1 comment:

Laura said...

My new favorite prayer . . . thanks!