September 17th marks the anniversary of the death of Hildegard of Bingen, named a Doctor of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7, 2012. We celebrate the anniversary of her death by sharing this poetic vision of her faith.

I, the highest and fiery power

Have kindled every living spark

And I have breathed out nothing that can die.

I am the fiery life of the divine essence

I flame above the beauty of the fields:

I shine in the waters,

In the sun, the moon and the stars.

I burn. And by the means of the airy wind,

I stir everything into quickness

With certain invisible life which sustains all.

For the air lives in its green power

And its blossoming;

The waters flow as if they were alive.

Even the sun is alive in its own light.

I, the fiery power, lie hidden

In these things and they blaze from Me

Just as man is continually moved by his breath,

And as the fire contains the nimble flame

All these things live in their own essence

And are without death, since I am life.

I am the whole of life

Every living thing is rooted in Me.


Photo: Sculpture of Hildegard of Bingen by Karlheinz Oswald, 1998 by Gerda Arendt / CC BY-SA 3.0