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The following is from the new Benetvision book for Lent, God Speaks in Many Tongues: Meditate with
Joan Chittister on 40 Sacred Texts
. In this book, Sister Joan chooses 40 texts from the world’s wisdom
traditions and comments on each one. After each commentary there is an invitation for you to also
choose a line from the sacred text and write your own reflection.

Meditation I (Ash Wednesday)

Good people,
Most royal greening verdancy.
Rooted in the sun,
You shine with radiant light.
In this circle of earthly existence
You shine so finely,
It surpasses understanding.
God hugs you,
You are encircled by the arms
Of the mystery of God.

–Hildegard of Bingen


It may not be
official theological language
but it should be.

“God hugs you”
says it all:
When we’re tired, depressed,
exhausted from working so hard,
full of satisfaction with today
but concerned about tomorrow,
God hugs you.

What else is there to say?

–Joan Chittister
God Speaks In Many Tongues
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