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Hildegard of Bingen

“Hildegard of Bingen is a rare example of someone who touched nearly every field of human endeavour, leaving her mark on all aspects of life. Like Hildegard, we need to take a broader view of the whole of creation – view it and marvel in it,” says scientist and priest, The Rev’d Steve McMahon on Hildegard of Bingen who is commemorated in our lectionary on 17 September

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Meet a saint for our times – Evelyn Underhill

“In a time when the Church was very much a male-dominated institution (and eager to remain so) one can only imagine what it meant to women in the earlier half of the 20th century to have a spiritual guide like Evelyn,” says Cathedral parishioner Delroy Oberg on Evelyn Underhill, who is marked in our Lectionary on 15 June

Recent (cropped) Julian of Norwich icon by Lu Bro ObJN (Image courtesy of The Julian Centre)
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Julian of Norwich: 'all shall be well'

“Julian’s well known phrase that ‘all shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well’ comes from a place of great depth that assists us as we, too, face serious global health challenges in the COVID-19 environment,” says The Rev’d Penny Jones on Julian of Norwich, who is marked in our Lectionary on 8 May

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A maverick medieval mystic for modern times

“The noble example set by Catherine of Siena, who recognised Christ in all whom she encountered and bucked social mores by caring for people living with infectious diseases, will hopefully inspire us as our global community experiences health challenges unprecedented in the modern age,” reflects anglican focus Editor Michelle McDonald, as St Catherine’s Feast Day is marked on 29 April

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St Cuthbert – opening the door to the heart of heaven

“Cuthbert’s profoundest significance lies in his inspiring spirituality, of which three aspects are particularly valuable today. Firstly, his embodiment of key features of Celtic Christianity; secondly, his deep Scriptural grounding; and thirdly, his contemplative prayerfulness,” says The Rev’d Dr Josephine Inkpin on St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne whose Feast Day is celebrated on 20 March