How can Hildegard contribute to our Lenten journey?
Listening, as you know, is an important Benedictine practice. Benedict wants us to listen with the ear of the heart, indicating that the listening needs to come from a very deep and gently space within us. Picture Hildegard as the listener. the woman practiced in Lectio, receptive to God's word.
Lent is inviting us to listen deeply. Our prayer life and our spiritual practices are enriched and informed by Scripture readings, liturgy, and some of the reflections we might be reading over these holy 40 days.
This time of repentance is not just aimed at prayer, sacrifices and alms giving. It is nudging us to conversion, to become the best person we can be.
Why was I born
to such great misdeeds?
In my soul I have sinned
against you, my God.
I sigh to you
who deigned to take on Adam's shape
from the virgin.
I firmly trust
that you do not despise me,
but free me from my sins.
In the countenance of your sacred humanity
receive me in grace,
for I repent with all my heart.
How is Hildegard addressing God? How does she see human beings in relationship to God? How does she see God in relationship with human beings? Does this give you an indication of how she relates with God in prayer?
If you were to write a prayer expressing your relationship with God, what would you say?
What is conversion all about for you? What issues or areas in your life need conversion? Invite God into this sacred journey of repentance and conversion.