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Friday, February 8, 2019

Prayer: Hildegard von Bingen

All living creatures are, so to speak, sparks from the radiation of God's brilliance, and these sparks emerge from God like the rays of the sun. How would God be known as life if not through the fact that the realm of the living, which glorifies and praises God, also emerges from God? On this account God has established the living, burning sparks as a sign of the brilliance of the divine renown. But if God did not give off these sparks, how would the divine flame become fully visible? And would God be known as the Eternal One if no brilliance emerged from God? For no creature exists that lacks a radiance - be it greenness or seed, buds or beauty. Otherwise it would not be a creature at all.

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