Lent Madness: Hadewijch vs. Juan Diego

February 23, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Hadewijch vs. Juan Diego

Lent Madness 2012

Results in from Saturday’s match up! From the Lent Madness site: In the only Saturday match-up of Lent Madness 2015, Molly Brant sent Swithun back to the proverbial swamp 58% to 42%. Molly will face the winner of Bede vs. Cuthbert in the Saintly Sixteen. On the St. Luke’s site, Molly also beat Swithun 57% to 43%.

Today’s match up is between Hadewijch and Juan Diego.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.



In the early thirteenth century, new expressions of religion began to appear in what are now the modern-day countries of Belgium, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands. The devotions of contemplation and ecstatic mysticism began to be publicly practiced by a group of devout women known as the Beguines. Beguines were not nuns, but women who chose to lead lives of poverty and prayerful contemplation without taking formal vows. Their members were from across all socioeconomic classes; some lived alone, and others formed small groups.

Hadewijch was among these devout women. Other than her devotion as a Beguine, almost nothing is known of her life..…Read more here.

unnamedJuan Diego

Juan Diego is the first Roman Catholic indigenous American saint. Born in 1474 with the name “Cuauhtlatoatzin” (“the talking eagle”), Juan Diego was a member of the Chichimeca people and lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer. When he was fifty years old, he and his wife were among the first indigenous people in the former Aztec Empire to accept baptism and convert to Christianity.

According to tradition, on December 9, 1531, Juan Diego…Read more here.





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