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Quotations by Hildegard of Bingen
By Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen, writes Matthew Fox, was one of the "great creation-centered mystics of the West." This multitalented and prolific abbess of a Benedictine abbey was an influential preacher, healer, scientist, composer, theologian, artist, and poet. She coined the term viriditas, or greening power, connecting it closely with creativity. Here is a selection of her sayings as quoted in Matthew Fox's Original Blessing.
• The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity. This Word manifests itself in every creature.
• God is the good
• Holy persons draw to themselves all that is earthly. . . .
• The truly holy person welcomes all that is earthly.
• Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars.
• The fire has its flame and praises God.
• Trust shows the way.
• God hugs you.
• Good People,
• I welcome all the creatures of the world with grace.
• Now in the people that were meant to be green there is no more life of any kind. There is only shriveled barrenness. The winds are burdened by the utterly awful stink of evil, selfish goings-on. Thunderstorms menace. The air belches out the filthy uncleanliness of the peoples. The earth should not be injured! The earth must not be destroyed!
• Divinity is aimed at humanity.
• "With my mouth," God says, "I kiss my own chosen creation. I uniquely, lovingly, embrace every image I have made out of the earthís clay. With a fiery spirit I transform it into a body to serve all the world."
• Mary, ground of all being, Greetings!
• Humankind, full of all creative possibilities, is Godís work. Humankind alone is called to assist God. Humankind is called to co-create. With natureís help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life-sustaining.
• God has arranged all things in the world in consideration of everything else.
• All of creation God gives to humankind to use. If this privilege is misused, Godís justice permits creation to punish humanity.