Lent Madness: Egeria vs. Hildegard

March 5, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Egeria vs. Hildegard

Lent Madness 2015Kemper killed it Lent Madness site,  winning over Kempe  74% to 26%. On the St. Luke’s site, however, we were a bit kinder to Kempe, but ultimately Kempe won 67% to 37%.

Today’s match up is Egeria vs. Hildegard.

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.

 

egeria-3Egeria

Egeria gives us the earliest glimpse we have into organized Christian practice and belief.

We don’t know much about who she was, exactly. Many say she was a Spanish nun, which makes sense given her unusually high level of literacy — and the way she addressed those she wrote to as sisters. Others point out she must have been an unusual sort of nun, if she was a nun at all. Her letters were detailed and practical, betraying none of the fascination with the miraculous and fanciful that some other clerical pilgrims loved. And what sort of nun was free to travel around the known world for years at a time? Possibly this made her a sort of wandering monastic — additionally unusual for her time. Or maybe she was a very devout noblewoman, called to pilgrimage, who wrote letters home to other devout women at her church….Read more here.

Hildegard_von_Bingen-300x257Hildegard

Hildegard of Bingen is one of the most accomplished women in church history. The twelfth-century abbess was a mystic, theologian, composer, cloistered nun, and autodidact who wrote one of the largest bodies of letters to survive from the Middle Ages.

Born into a noble family and sickly from birth, Hildegard experienced visions beginning in early childhood. Perhaps because of them, her family dedicated her to the church; her fellow brides of Christ recognized her gifts for leadership, unanimously voting her abbess.Read more here.

Lent Madness: Jackson Kemper vs. Margery Kempe

March 4, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Jackson Kemper vs. Margery Kempe

Lent Madness 2015Elizabeth won in no uncertain terms on the Lent Madness site,  sending  Brigid home 68% to 32%. On the St. Luke’s site, however, we had a dead heat between these two women reflecting the difficulty of voting between such two formidable women.

Today’s match up is Jackson Kemper vs. Margery Kempe. “Sometimes matchups exist solely because the SEC likes the names involved.” It’s hard to contain the mirth of the Supreme Executive Committee, folks.

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.

 

unnamed-222x300Jackson Kemper

The seemingly inexhaustible Jackson Kemper served as the first missionary bishop in The Episcopal Church,working over the course of a thirty-five-year ministry in such untamed wilderness territories as Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and especially Wisconsin, where he established the Nashotah House seminary and eventually made his home.....Read more here.

 

unnamed2Margery Kempe

The first autobiography written in English is something of a mystical revelation, travel diary, opinion essay, theological discourse, and personal diary all in one. Margery Kempe, who lived in the late-fourteenth to early-fifteenth century, was a middle-class woman living in Norfolk in eastern England.

She began The Book of Margery Kemperecalling a series of crises during and after her pregnancy. She felt tempted by the devil not to confess her sins. In response, she fasted, performed acts of charity, and…Read more here.

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