Lent Madness: Stephen vs. Hildegard of BingenPosted: March 18, 2010
It’s the last clash of the Round of the Saintly Sixteen! After today it’s on to the Elate Eight! But first it’s Stephen vs. Hildegard. Martyr vs. Renaissance woman. Biblical times vs. Middle Ages. Stoned to death (not in the hippie sense) vs. a natural death at the age of 81. Lots of interesting plot lines as the Church’s protomartyr squares off against a woman so far ahead of her time.
To get to this round, Hildegard took out an apostle (Andrew) and Stephen defeated a Church Father (Ambrose). The winner of this battle takes on Theresa of Avila in the next round. In recent action, Julian of Norwich soundly defeated Benedict 60% to 40%. See the updated tournament bracket here: Lent Madness 2010
Stephen: When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7
Hildegard: “There is the Music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.”
Stephen: While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7