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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



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)


Recommended Reading:

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


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 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 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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