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God Speaks in Many Tongues Excerpt -- Meditation 1









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
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