Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Strengthened by freshness...

And he who sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."
Also he said, "Write this, for these words
are trustworthy and true."Revelation 21:5,6 

"The Church, continuously straining to leave the mark of her examples,
offers her dowry - clearly the body and blood of the Word of God - 
with the deepest devotion, to the Creator of all things. 
She offers her dowry for all to look at with living and burning lights - 
clearly the celestial cities.  And she does this in humble obedience.  
What does this mean?
As the body of the Only-Begotten of God sprang up in purity in the womb 
of the Virgin Mary and then was handed over for the salvation of men, 
so even now this body has grown in the uncorrupted purity of the 
Church and is given for the sanctification of the faithful.  
... As a result, the Church 
is strengthened with the happiest freshness."

St Hildegard of Bingen
Source: Scivias by Hildegard of Bingen
Painting:  L'Elevation - Jean Beraud (1849-1935)

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