Monasteries of the Heart

Monks in Our Midst: Hildegard of Bingen on Co-creation

Holy persons draw to themselves all that is earthly. The earth is at the same time mother. 
She is mother of all that is natural, 
mother of all that is human. 
She is the mother of all,
 for contained in her 
are the seeds of all.

Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. 
Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings. 
Now, think.

What delight God gives to humankind with all these things. 
All nature is at the disposal of humankind. 
We are to work with it. For 
without it we cannot survive.

Good People, 
most royal greening verdancy, 
rooted in the sun, 
you shine with radiant light.

Humankind, full of all creative possibilities, is God’s work. Humankind alone is called to assist God. Humankind is called to co-create. With nature’s help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and  life-sustaining.

Hildegard of Bingen, OSB, was a 12th Century Benedictine abbess, mystic, composer, and writer and has been named a Doctor of the Church.

Hildegard says that we are all called to co-create.  What does that mean to you? Can you describe at least one way in which you are co-creating the earth?

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