Hildegard’s Mystical Trinity

Hildegard’s Vision of the Trinity

My latest column has been published at Patheos. Follow this link to read it: A Mystical Vision of the Trinity.

It’s about Hildegard of Bingen and her vision of the Holy Trinity —  which was depicted in one of the many illuminations found in the original manuscript of Hildegard’s book Scivias.

With Hildegard slated to be declared a Doctor of the Church on October 7, I’ll be teaching several classes and leading two retreats on Hildegard, both here in Georgia and in South Carolina, this fall. The more I learn about Hildegard, the more impressed I am with her. She is brilliant for her profoundly positive spirituality of nature, the cosmos, and the body (she was one of the first medical writers of medieval Europe), along with a clear appreciation of the authority of personal experience — which paved the way for many other great visionaries who followed in her footsteps.

Any, pop over to Patheos and take a look at A Mystical Vision of the Trinity to get a sense of what makes Hildegard so special.

Thank you, Patheos!
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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Lisa

    Are your talks on Hildegard open to the public? If they are can you post more info on them?


  • http://eddiesandcurrents.wordpress.com/ Krista Seckinger

    “It’s a circular, cyclical, mandala-esque Holy Trinity.” I especially like this.

    So nice to meet you yesterday, Carl. That made my special day even more magical. Thank you for the conversation and time in helping me.

    Blessings on your work,


    • Carl McColman

      Thanks, it was nice meeting you too.

  • http://www.Yeshua21.com Wayne Ferguson

    I tried to share this at Patheos, but it didn’t seem to go through, so I will post it here… This is an excerpt from Gregory of Nazianzen on the Trinity which I got from someone else’s blog (see link, below). I cannot think of the Trintiy without thinking of this quotation. Thanks for sharing Hildegard’s vision of the tritnity and your vision of her!

    “No sooner do I conceive of the one than I am illumined by the splendor of the three; no sooner do I distinguish them than I am carried back to the one. When I think of anyone of the three I think of him as the whole, and my eyes are filled, and the greater part of what I am thinking escapes me. I cannot grasp the greatness of that one so as to attribute a greater greatness to the rest. When I contemplate the three together, I see but one torch, and cannot divide or measure out the undivided light.” ~ Gregory Nazianzen, Orations 40.41, as quoted by Robert Letham, The Holy Trinity, 378


    • http://mikemorrell.org zoecarnate

      What a great quote. Thanks for posting this!