Friday 23 September 2022

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Saint Pius of Pietreclina (Padre Pio)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock! – Psalm 143(144):1-4. Luke 9:18-22.

There is a right time for all things

One of the key words associated with the mediaeval mystic and musician, Hildegard of Bingen, is her use of the word viriditas. This word combines an understanding of the words green and truth and can be encapsulated in the notion of the healing power and the divine force of nature. We associate green with birth, regeneration, vitality, freshness, starting over and this is exactly what we do when Spring arrives, and a green shimmer begins to replace the frozen smirk of winter. This greening offers us a blank slate to start again, especially if we have experienced ariditas, the dry, barren and unfruitful in our lives. Ecclesiastes reminds us of the times and seasons of our lives and the right time for all things, the consolations and desolations. As we enter Spring again let us throw off the encumbrance of winter and with glad grace put a spring in our step.

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