While Hildegarde was 'dedicated to the church at age 8, she grew up in the monastic life. Spring is the perfect season to celebrate Hildegard of Bingen, the medieval Rhineland mystic, naturalist, seer, writer, gardener, composer, and physician. The world is leaping to life in every color of green, a celebration of Hildegard’s central concept of viriditas–the “greening finger” of the divine in all of life. What thrilled me was that she used medicinal botanicals and crystals to heal, and they were an important part of her work throughout her life from 1098 to 1179.
We also sampled an adaptation of her recipe for "Cookies of Joy". This recipe is nearly 900 years old, and it is simply delicious! Here is a link to one version of her recipe for 'spice biscuits'.
As we move forward on our soul's path, St. Hildegarde reminds us to "be a feather on the breath of God."