Tuesday, October 9, 2012
St. Hildegard of Bingen - Liber Divinorum Operum: Prima Pars - Prima Visio, II (8)
I am therefore the fiery power hidden in these, and they themselves blaze from me, just as breath constantly moves man, and as is the flame in the wind blown fire. All these things live in accord with their substance, and are not found in death, because I am life. I am also rationality, the sounding of the Word has wind, through which every creature is made, and I breathed into all these things, [thus] so that none of them at their origin [genere] would be mortal, because I am life.
Ego itaque vis ignea in his lateo, ipsique de me flagrant, velut spiramen assidue hominem movet, et ut in igne ventosa flamma est. Haec omnia in essentia sua vivunt, nec in morte inventa sunt, quoniam ego vita sum. Rationalitas etiam sum, ventum sonantis verbi habens, per quod omnis creatura facta est, et in omnia haec sufflavi, ita ut nullum eorum in genere suo mortale sit, quia ego vita sum. (monumenta.ch)
I encountered the work of Nathaniel Campbell today - he has been studying St. Hildegard closely for the past several years and has translated VERY FAITHFULLY several passages of the Liber Divinorum Operum. I would highly recommend taking a look at his blog if you are interested in St. Hildegard and why she is relevant today.
Once again, the symbol evoked by St. Hildegard is one of the strength of Creative Love - characterized by fire - present in what seems so frail and dissipate - characterized by wind and breath. She pushes this analogy to the extreme by reminding us of the analogy of the Word of God - "God spoke, and they came to be. He commanded, they were created." - which is itself the substance of God born up by His Breath. All things are created through the Word, and bear His mark, and breathe as it were His Creative Love. In face, that is what the Word of God is for Creation: Creative Love. It is a Word which orders according to wisdom - and that order is not static, it is totally relative to the the movement of creation, the movement of Divine Love.
St. Hildegard also goes on to describe the root of immortality in Creation. At our origin - at the place within our souls where we come directly from God, we encounter the Creative breath of the Word of Life.
What are your reflections on this passage?