minima maxima sunt

The Small things are the Great things; as in a grain of mustard seed.

O Virga Mediatrix

The Tree of Life

Hildegard Von Bingen (1098-1179) was a Benedictine abbess, an artist, a composer, a mystic, and a polymath; which basically means a person with a lot of knowledge on a variety of subjects. I have enjoyed modern reproductions and interpretations of her music for several years now.

Her art, like the Tree of Life to the left, is also amazing. Clearly a geocentric world view is expressed, which was standard for her time based on observation. Combining the spiritual with the physical, her work often expresses the sacramental outlook of the church.

The short poem below O Virga Mediatrix, packs a huge amount of vision, theology and mysticism. Thought I would share this for today but expect to hear more about Hildegard in the future.

Alleluia! Light

burst from your untouched womb

like a flower on the farther side of death.

The world-tree is blossoming.

Two realms become one.

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