She also penned the first known morality play and composed music and texts for liturgical works.
Therefore in her Book of Simple Medicine , known today as the Physica , she set forth a catalog of plants, elements, trees, stones, fish, birds, animals, reptiles, and metals, detailing the poisonous properties of some and the healing properties of others. Ultimately Hildegard placed her study into its cosmic context. By far the monastic figure best known for his appreciation of nature is Francis of Assisi c.
Originally an unlikely candidate for an association with the humble creatures of the field, Francis was reared in wealth, wearing the finest silk clothes and best fashions of the day. After his conversion, however, Francis abandoned such luxury and adopted the simple life of poverty. Sleeping on the ground in stalls intended for cattle, eating food donated by others, and donning the coarse brown robe and rope belt of peasants, Francis and the Friars Minor Little Brothers lived close to the earth.
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After full days of ministry—tending lepers on the verge of death or preaching from village to village—Francis would sneak into the woods to spend half the night in prayer. Several times each year he would pull away from ministry to take day retreats at the Carceri, a woodland ravine nestled in the mountains several kilometers above Assisi. In this wilderness setting, Francis and the other friars would pray as they consumed only bread and water and slept on the hard ground.
In addition they traveled several times to Mount La Verna for extended solitude. There, among the rugged rocks, Francis had his most overwhelming encounter with God in Known for preaching to a flock of birds and taming a wolf that had terrorized the citizens of Gubbio, Francis ultimately befriended all of nature. As Francis lay dying, he requested to be placed naked upon the ground, in imitation of our Lord.
Simple, poor, and embracing the earth, he repeated his beautiful canticle sidebar as he passed into eternity. Beginning at the lowest rung, physical creation, we can ascend to God, the source of all, in breathless contemplation, Bonaventure thought. The monastic emphasis on reading the book of creation continued.
Meister Eckhart c. Every creature is a word of God. If I spend enough time with the tiniest creature—even a caterpillar—I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature.
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Lewis 5. Apollo 8 astronauts Jim Lovell, Frank Borman, and Bill Anders read Genesis to a worldwide audience during the first ever Earthrise seen by humans as they orbited the Moon. Hypocrisy 2.
In this rhythm of life, manual labor was not simply a tool to provide food for the community, it was an essential spiritual exercise. Why were early civilizations so preoccupied with the heavens? And these are not the only physical settings that are so subtly configured. Cascading glory But what does the book of nature teach? Well written.
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