Opus Verbi viriditas
Hildegard of Bingen
(The work of the Word is greenness)
Last Summer I wrote about celebrating the color Green and being healed by its visits. And here I am again living on the edge of the woods at the “ Greening Time”. Everywhere I look I see GREEN in its many shades and hues. In our home every window and every door leads to the GREENING. And this year because we had devastating flash floods in our area last month I am seeing that Green is the Child of Sister Water. Green tells us that water in one of its many forms is present and replenishing.
ALL AROUND ME I AM SURROUNDED BY THE Hopeful MESSAGE OF GREEN
ALL THE MOSSES, GRASSES, SHRUBS, TREES AND FLOWERS JOIN TOGETHER TO GIVE AN ENORMOUS GREEN GRADITUDINOUS SHOUT OUT TO SISTER WATER AND ALL HER REPLENISHING WAYS.
THE WORLD AROUND ME IS SWALLOWED UP IN ONE HUGE HALLELUJAH CHORUS all in the chord of GREEN
Viriditas is a term used by Hildegardof Bingen , a mystic and Abbess of the 12th century. It means greenness , and the greening power of God. The tremendous green around me helps me consider the garden that grows within me . Our current society often seems to be so focused on technology that we see the natural green around us and then ignore it. The Green I believe is calling out to us to consider life, consider our gardens within, and the gardens which dwell in our relationships. These inner gardens, do we tend them or ignore them? I want to be a friend of Green, a student , a listener. In the spirit of St Francis I would say, Sister Green speaks a joyful message of life, replenishment and hope. In Northeast Ohio, after a harsh winter, I would say that Sister Green is here to remind us of second chances and redemption.