St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
on the Holy Spirit Wisdom
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Oh children of humanity, why have you corrupted tender Love, who gazes far into my depths and flows forth in works abounding? Because She flows within me, from Her in turn flow the living waters. She resembles a budding branch, for, as a virgin’s embraces are most tender because of her integrity, even so Love’s embraces are more tender than those of any other. But now She mourns, because audacious men tear her to pieces with their evil grumbling. Hence, She flees from them to that height whence She came, and weeps because Her children, whom She suckled at Her fertile breasts, fall sick and will not be cleansed from the corruption of their flighty minds.
O wretched humanity! Why do they take on themselves the misery of alienation and exile, tearing themselves away… She is always ready… Yet they separate themselves from the Bride, whence they are darkened and shadowed by clouds as if they had ruptured heaven.
The Holy Spirit as Caritas (Grace/World Soul)
St. Hildegard von Bingen
trans. B. Newman (mod.)
Xoxo Rev. Donna