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Mechtild of Magdeburg: A fish cannot drown in water

Mechtild of Magdeburg: A fish cannot drown in water
 
Photo: Heirodeacon (deacon-monk) Veniamin in Valamo Monastery, the former heart of the Finnish Church
  

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A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of creation,
Gold doesn’t vanish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
Must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God.

(Mechtild of Magdeburg)
  

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Recommended Reading:

Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead
by Mechtild of Magdeburg (Author), Frank Tobin (Translator, Introduction)

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Description:

Here is the first English translation based on the new critical edition of The Flowing Light of the Godhead, the sole mystical visionary work of Mechthild, a 13th-century (c. 1260-c. 1282/94) German Beguine. This challenging work of deep religious insight reflects Mechthild's inner life, and God's as well, employing a great variety of traditional medieval literary forms and genres in prose and verse.

An excellent English translation...one can only congratulate Professor Tobin to a very trustworthy, responsible, and yes, inspired, accomplishment.

(Mystics Quarterly)

Glimpses of Mechthild's tone and style survive and are a tribute to the translator....remarkably readable.

(Anglican Theological Review)

In Frank Tobin the editors scored a winner. A clear, well-ordered translation...is a real treat....

(The Catholic Weekly)

It is a valuable addition to any college level or higher theological library.

(Catholic Library World)

Splendid new translation.

(The American Benedictine Review)
  
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