Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Niki, your life sounds as stressful as mine! Scary. Good luck.

Meanwhile, random thought of the day: Hildegard of Bingen has a special phrase meaning "monk". She calls the monk vivens odor vovens iter secretae regenerationis, "a living fragrance vowing the way of secret regeneration." (Barbara Newman, "Introduction", in Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias, Columba Hart and Jane Bishop ed., trans. New York: Paulist Press, 1990. Page 25.) I would point out that there's not a gendered word (at least referring to the monk) anywhere in that phrase, (except odor, which bet is feminine, even though the online dictionary is down so I can't check) so it can work for nuns too... how would you all like to be living fragrances?


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