That in the man made in His image and likeness, every creature signified God, and after the fall only out of merciful love through His incarnation repaired him with regard to the beatitude, which the fallen angel had destroyed, He put in order, and thus this mystical decree is manifested from the meaning of the vision.
“In humanity, made in his image and likeness, God signified all creation, and after the fall, which he restored out of that singular love of goodness through his own Incarnation, he placed humanity in the blessedness that the fallen angel had lost. This is what is meant by the mystical signification / meaning of the aforewritten vision.”**
Quod in homine ad imaginem et similitudinem suam facto, omnem creaturam Deus signavit, et eum post lapsum ex sola benignitatis charitate per incarnationem suam reparatum in beatitudine, quam prolapsus augelus perdiderat, collocaverit, et quia hoc mystica praescriptae visionis significatione monstretur. *
(*This text only appears only in the Patrologia Latina, it is missing from the Riesencodex and the critical edition CCCM92,
Since it is unlikely that this text would belong to St. Hildegard, I have only included it here for the sake of completeness. Here we find introduced, as almost an afterthought, the role of the incarnation in man's redemption and the return to order of all of creation. It is as though the image and likeness of God, present in man, signified by every creature, is broken by the fall. When man falls, every creature loses its reference to God. By His incarnation, God not only restores man, but, in man, all of creation.
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