Hildegard of Bingen
Acrylic on canvas
Bingen has provided centuries of readers with writings on
prayer as well as spiritual reflections, poetry, and medicinal
and botanical instruction. Her generative output also included
music and art. Her work continues to maintain strong resonance
with contemporary readers. And all of her writing, at its
very root, is praise, is prayer. She once wrote:
The fire has its flame and
The wind blows the flame and praises God.
In the voice we hear the word which praises God.
And the word, when heard, praises God.
So all of creation is a song of praise to God.
--quoted in Matthew Fox's Original
Lil Copan is an artist, writer, and
editor. She is an “On Art” columnist for Christian Century
Magazine. Her paintings often explore spiritual longing and
human emotion—the cry of grief or joy directed toward the
divine. Her interest in devotional folk art as well as the
spiritual language of icons inform her work. You can find her