St. Hildegard’s Advent Meditation Series, part III.

This is the final meditation in St. Hildegard’s Advent Meditation Series. 

O Holy Spirit,
Fiery Comforter Spirit
Life of the life of all creatures,

Holy are you,
you that give existence
to all form.

Holy are you,
you that are balm for the
mortally wounded.

Holy are you,
you that cleanse deep hurt.

Fire of love,
breath of all holiness,
you are so delicious to our hearts.

You infuse our hearts deeply with
the good smell of virtue.
– St. Hildegard of Bingen

From Meditations With Hildegard of Bingen by Gabrielle Uhlein.

 fireplace

May the fiery, comforter spirit keep you enlivened and warm this advent season.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

St. Hildegard’s Advent Meditation Series, part II.

This is the second meditation in St. Hildegard’s Advent Meditation Series. 

Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is a Burning Spirit
It kindles
the hearts of humankind.
Like tympanum and lyre it plays them,
gathering volume in the temple of the soul.

Holy Spirit is
Life-giving-life,
all movement.

Root of all being.

Purifier of all impurity.

Absolver of all faults.

Balm of all wounds.

Radiant life, worthy of all praise,
The Holy Spirit resurrects and awakens
everything that is.
 – St. Hildegard of Bingen
From Meditations With Hildegard of Bingen by Gabrielle Uhlein.

lyre

May the Holy Spirit gather volume in your soul during this Advent season.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

St. Hildegard’s Advent Meditation Series, part I.

In this season of Advent which is the darkest time of the year I am offering a series of three meditations from St. Hildegard on the Holy Spirit who according to St. Hildgard gives us the gifts of the Light.  The first is below.

Holy Spirit,

Through you
clouds billow,
breezes blow,
stones drip with trickling streams,
streams that are the source
of earth’s lush greening.

Likewise,
you are the source of human understanding.

You bless with the breath of wisdom.

Thus all of our praise is yours,
you who are the melody itself of praise,
the joy of life,
the mighty honor,
the hope,
of those to whom you give the gifts
of the light. Saint Hildegard of Bingen. 

From Meditations With Hildegard of Bingen by Gabrielle Uhlein.

advent-candle with match

 May these meditations illuminate the Advent season for you.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

St. Hildegard Meditation – the fire inside.

The theme for the June Tap Into Transformation celebrates the gift of direct connection to the divinity and joy in us, and the expression of that joy as it comes through our bodies and through a group of people moving together in rhythms and sounds that we create in community… and in tap shoes!!  For me, that is like a fire inside each of us. St. Hildegard describes it most eloquently in her following meditation:

Be not laxjga fire photo
in celebrating.

Be not lazy
in the festive service of God.

Be ablaze with enthusiasm.
Let us be an alive,

burning offering

before the altar of God!

– St. Hildegard
From Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen by Gabrielle Uhlein

In Viriditas!
Jeannine

In the praise of God and good works.

Having returned from Hildegard’s Homeland I am moved to share the meditation below.  Nowhere is Hildegard’s praise of God and evidence of good works more apparent than in her Homeland.  Her songs, writings, and the remains of her abbeys all come together along the Rhine river 900 years later as testaments to her love of the Divine and her desire to share that with humanity.  Her work is as alive today as it was then, living through the nuns of the current Benedictine abbey and faithful pilgrims like you and me.

Sister Hiltrud

 

 

Sister Hiltrud lectures on the Hildegard stained glass windows in the Relics Church.

 

 

Humankind demonstrates two aspects:
the singing of praise to God,
and the doing of good works.

God is made known through praise,
And in good works
the wonders of God can be seen.

In the praise of God
a person is like an angel.
But it is the doing of good works
that is the hallmark of humanity.

This completeness
makes humankind the fullest creation
of God.

It is in the praise and service
that the surprise of God is consummated.

Meditations With Hildegard of Bingen by Gabriele Uhlein