Lenten Reading & Medieval Women Saints (Updated 2017)

A happy 2017 update -- it was only a matter of time before these meditations described below made their way into a user-friendly book form: Benedict XVI, Holy Men and Women of the Middle Ages and Beyond.

My 2011 post:
Where have I been and how did I miss that Pope Benedict made medieval saints the subject of his Wednesday audiences throughout 2010?  Find all the meditations here.  First, he went through the Mendicant orders, then St. Francis of Assisi, St. Dominic, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Bonaventure, St. Albert the Great, St. Leonard Murialdo, St. Joseph Cottolengo, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Joseph Cafasso, John Duns Scotus--and then to mix things up a little early Christian martyr Tarcisius and 19th century Pope Pius X.

Then he launched into meditations on the following women:  St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Matilda of Hackeborn, St. Gertrude the Great, Bl. Angelina of Foligno, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Bridget of Sweden, Marguerite d'Oingt, St. Juliana of Cornillon, St. Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich, St. Veronica Giuliani, and St. Catherine of Bologna.

Then when I looked back at 2009, I found that he had done meditations on many more amazing medieval figures and subjects including Hugh of St. Victor, the theology behind Romanesque and Gothic architecture, the Cluniac reform, comparisons between Bernard and Abelard, and scholastic vs. monastic theology.  All these are available here.  If you are looking for Lenten reading, these might be your choice--though I wish they were all collected in one book.

Right now, Pope Benedict seems to be making his way chronologically through men and women saints of the late Medieval and Baroque era--John of the Cross, Joan of Arc, Teresa of Avila . . .


Margaret E. Perry said...

they were so amazing! I am glad you've discovered them!

Gwen Adams said...

O yes, thank you! I should have said that I found out about this from your blog www.wondrouspilgrim.blogspot.com



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