Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sophia Wisdom

This Saturday and Sunday is our annual spring Community Weekend. Our speaker is Ronald Witherup, SS, provincial of the Sulpician order and, coincidently, an Erie native. He will give two presentations on Saturday on Sophia Wisdom.

The image of Sophia as the wisdom of God is a popular one in Benedictine circles as the great abbess Hildegard of Bingen, in 12th century Germany, had Sophia Wisdom as one of her famous visions.

Elizabeth Johnson in her landmark book, She Who Is, details the appearance of Sophia throughout the books of the Old and New Testaments (Hebrew and Christian Scriptures), as a "starling female personification of the mystery of God in powerful and close engagement with the world."

Here is a modern day icon of Sophia Wisdom by the Franciscan iconographer Robert Lentz.