Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Luminous, wonderful

Holy Spirit,
giving life to all life,
moving all creatures,
root of all things,
washing them clean,
wiping out their mistakes,
healing their wounds,
you are our true life,
luminous, wonderful,
awakening the heart
from its ancient sleep.

~~ Hildegard of Bingen (trans. by Stephen Mitchell)


  1. Are the historians sure she wasn't Buddhist? Beautiful, beautiful prayer.
    Thank you for posting it.

  2. Good question, Anonymous!

    She clearly tapped into those universal principles that are often expressed with such precision in Buddhism (but are obviously in Christianity as well).


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