Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Lenten Retreat

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. I'm participating in an online Lenten retreat this year at Abbey of the Arts, my favorite spiritual website. I'm looking forward to spending the next 6 weeks in the company of Hildegard of Bingen, who was just canonized by the Catholic Church last year. Hildegard was truly a 'Renaissance woman.' Abbess, mystic, poet, composer, playwright, writer of books on medicine and spirituality, she was a woman who was definitely ahead of her times! At the age of 60, she felt called to preach and did so traveling on horseback throughout Europe. And she did all this in the 1100's when women were hardly considered human and were treated with very little respect, even women of the Church. One of the spiritual concepts she developed was that of 'viriditas,' the greening of all creation by God. She saw God in all living things...people, plants and animals. After a gray and rainy winter, I could use a bit of 'greening' myself. I plan to sink into Hildegard and let her bring me to spring and to resurrection.


  1. Hildegard of Bingen sounds like a true inspiration indeed.

  2. What a wonderful and inspiring character she was. And she was not the only one. As you imply in your post, can you imagine the strength of character it must have taken for a woman to do what she did?