Hildegard of Bingen, who lived and loved with God’s passion – Br. Curtis Almquist

Br. Curtis Almquist

Hildegard of Bingen, Abbess of Bingen and Mystic (1098-1179)

God of all times and seasons: Give us grace that we, after the example of your servant Hildegard, may both know and make known the joy and jubilation of being part of your creation, and show forth your glory not only with our lips but in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 43:1-2, 6-7, 9-12, 27-28
Psalm 104:25-34
John 3:16-21

In the calendar of the church we remember today Hildegard of Bingen, born over 900 years ago in year 1098. For most of her 80+ years, she lived in an obscure hilltop monastery in the Rhineland of Germany. As a child she was drawn to the religious life, a life of silence and prayer; however a convent could also then be a place of freedom for a woman to develop her intellectual gifts and creativity and care, and she did it all. At age 38 she became abbess of her community, and she would eventually build a second convent. Her character absolutely teemed with creativity, and yet she could also be steely, determined, and, at times, overbearing. Her sisters flourished under her rather unorthodox regime.

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Seeing with Mystic Vision – Br. David Vryhof

davidv150x150Sirach 43:1-2,6-7,9-12,27-28 and John 3:16-21

What have you seen today?

I have no doubt that all of us who are blessed with the gift of sight could construct a lengthy list of people, places and objects that we have seen over the course of this day.  But we would all have to admit that there are times when we engage in the act of seeing but fail to notice or perceive, when we hear sounds but fail to listen to what is being expressed, when we take in food but fail to taste what we are eating.  To really see, to really hear, to really touch or taste or smell, requires a degree of attentiveness which is often difficult to attain. Read More