Title: Mechtild of Magdeburg in the Flowering Light of the God
Categories: Holy Women and Girls
Icon Number: MMFL052
"Lord, you are my lover,
My flowing stream
My Sun, And I am your reflection."
After reading Carol Lee Flinders' portrait of Mechtild (1210-1279) in Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics, I wanted to give visual expression to Mechtild's aweful struggle, and her bathing in The Flowing Light of the Godhead... the title of her mystical work. In her later years Mechtild was alone, oppressed and going blind. It was then the monastery at Helfta, under the guidance of St. Gertrude the Great offered to take her in. She proved to be a fountain of spiritual life for the women at Helfta who cared for her until her death.