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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Gorgoroth Pt. III ~ Sam and Frodo reach Mt. Doom, plus jan-u-wine's 'Even As I'....

Posted on 2006.08.23 at 18:45

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Whiteling
whiteling at 2006-08-24 21:26 (UTC) (Link)
You know, the monastery in which the two Mechthilds prayed and wrote still exists. It was secularised in 1542 during the Reformation, and more than 450 years it was a ruin until 1999 eight Sisters from Seligenthal – a Bavarian Cistercian Abbey (where a cousin of mine is a nun) - have started to rebuild monastic life. Meanwhile 18 woman live, pray, and work in the convent. Hm, I wonder if they still write such erotic texts? --- Here's the homepage of Kloster Helfta: http://www.kloster-helfta.de/9/21/index.php

(Oh, and apropos St Bernard. Just today I visited a chapel in a nearby village, which was built at the place where Bernard appealed for the second crusade in 1147. What a weird place... - I so don't believe in "holy wars" whatsoever.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-08-24 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
Nope, nothing in there about erotic language or imagery for God, Song of Songs, or any of that. I wouldn't put it in there, either. People are bound to misunderstand it. Your cousin is a Cistercian? That's quite an ascetic order. I hope she gets to wear socks in her sandles during the winter. It used to be a silent, non-speaking order, although they could write (if permitted). Is it still like that, do you know?

St. Bernard was a very interesting man, and very charismatic. Like a lot of charismatic people he was a mix. Francis, too, was keen for the crusades. Who would think it? Perhaps neither man knew guessed what the crusades would wreak, blinded by their own burning but narrow perspectives.
Whiteling
whiteling at 2006-08-25 13:17 (UTC) (Link)
Your cousin is a Cistercian? That's quite an ascetic order. I hope she gets to wear socks in her sandles during the winter. It used to be a silent, non-speaking order, although they could write (if permitted). Is it still like that, do you know?

I've seen her only once in my life so far, but we changed letters after my father's death. Wow, after almost 40 years I digged out a photograph of my Cisterian cousin (and me).

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(The tot in the middle is me.) Sister Andrea must be in her seventies now. I should send the photo to her, it's quite possible she's never seen it. -- It doesn't look as if she were barefoot in her sandals, methinks. ;-)
The order has changed over times; strict silence is kept only after compline, the last service in the day.


*toddles off, feeling extremely off topic*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-08-25 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so they now can speak. That's good. Although I once very much enjoyed going to a silent retreat center. At first it felt forced, sitting at table with a group of people and not saying anything, signing, "pass the bread", etc. But once I was used to it, it was sort of restful not to have to come up with anything to say.

That is a FANTASTIC photograph (were you cute!?!?!?!?). I am sure she would love to see it, speaking from my own perspective.
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