A Song of Joy
The C12th. German abbess, Hildegard von Bingen in her writings and music, composed these powerful lines which provide a picture not just of joy, but of fuel for developing our values and improving our daily thoughts and actions:-
'God has gifted creation with everything that is necessary. The entire world has been embraced with this kiss. Through this world, God encircles and strengthens human kind. Through and through, great power is ours, such that all creation, in all things, stands by us.
Good people, Most royal,greening verdancy, rooted in the sun, you shine with radiant light.
God hugs you, you are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.'
So when we feel isolated , or adrift without a sense of purpose (Aquinas' ref.to Acedia), let us go forth with renewed energy to assist the Common Good. Thank you, Tom Baxter