Enlighten: Be Ablaze

Today’s inspiration is drawn from Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

“A Song to Mary”

You glowing,
most green,
verdant sprout,

In the movement of the spirit,
in the midst of wise and holy seekers,
you bud forth into light.

Your time to blossom had come.

Balsam scented,
in you
the beautiful flower

It is the beautiful flower
that lends its scent
to those herbs,
all that had shrivelled and wilted.

It brings them
lush greenness
once more.

Birth of Creation, Grace Cathedral

“Be Not Lax” by Hildegard of Bingen

Be not lax
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!

Blue Votives at the Madonna and Child Fresco, Grace Cathedral

Collect for St. Hildegard:

O God, by whose grace your servant Hildegard, kindled with the Fire of your love, became a burning and shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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