The works of the Dutch poet and mystic Hadewijch inspired Saint Mary’s women to deeply analyze thirteenth century spiritual life Tuesday night. Professor Amy Hollywood of the Harvard Divinity School explored the work of Hadewijch in the lecture “Love Abyss: Hadewijch’s Infinite Desire” in the Stapleton Lounge. She said it is crucial to understand the time period the mystic lived in to understand the poet’s work. “To understand Hadewijch, one must understand the context in which her work was created,” Hollywood said. Hadewijch’s work was sparked by the practices of the beguines in the thirteenth century, groups of women that were semi-religious, but not bound by taking formal vows, Hollywood said. “These women often worked in the cloth industry, took care of the sick or were school teachers,” she said. “They were spiritual women, but since they were not bound by vows there was more permeability between the beguines and the outside world. This is what sparked a movement.” Hollywood said this progress includes the many letters, poems and the manuscript of Hadewijch. Today, the work of Hadewijch is studied and translated into many languages, but Hollywood said experts are still trying to fully understand the poet. “We really do not truly know anything,” Hollywood said. “All we have are these texts and poems. We do not even know if there is a Hadewijch, but we assume there was based on bodies of text with her name.” Hollywood said communal prayer, manual labor and private reading and devotion were the main components in Hadewijch’s texts where she described her divine episodes. “For Hadewijch, communal prayer is a necessary pre-condition for anything to do with the divine,” Hollywood said. “This especially includes psalms.” Hollywood said Hadewijch often referred to the word love as meaning God, and believed love was God’s act. Hollywood said it is through this understanding of love that Hadewijch described her divine mystical experiences. “Hadewijch had intense personal devotion and this allowed for spontaneous mystical ways in which the divine can be encountered,” she said. Hollywood said it is important to study the intense practices of spirituality of the past in order to bring the same passion intomodern times. “For Hadewijch and other women in the thirteenth century, there was an understanding of their own intense amount of labor for being a Christian,” Hollywood said. “By reading material from the past we see this intensity and the vitality it had within Christianity at the time. When we see this intensity we must recognize it and think about it.”
Greensburg, In. — Indiana Representative Randy Frye, District 67, has received the endorsement and a check from Indiana Farm Bureau’s new AgELECT PAC (political action committee) acknowledging IN Farm Bureau’s support for elected state officials supportive of Indiana agriculture.“The AgELECT process is thorough and fair.” explains Decatur County Local and State Affairs Chairman Gary Fischer, one of the three Decatur County ELECT participants at the recent Ag ELECT candidate interviews. (Allen Bedel and Don Yager were the other two Decatur county representatives.) “Candidates are questioned about their position and knowledge on various concerns involving agriculture and community. First a candidate must be considered for an endorsement after which an invitation is given to interview with the AgELECT PAC members. If the race has more than one candidate, all candidates for the office are included. Results are kept confidential until the entire AgELECT / ELECT PAC endorsement process is complete which involves consideration and an affirmative two-thirds vote for endorsement from the local PAC representatives, the IN Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Oversight Committee (appointed by IFB President Randy Kron) made up of representative from each district. To receive this endorsement is an honor.”Newly formed in 2017, AgELECT PAC specifically focuses on state political races allowing Indiana Farm Bureau to support state senate and house of representative candidates on a broader range thereby allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT Pac to focus more directly on national level elections. In both AgELECT and ELECT, the endorsements are valued by the candidates because the process to receive the endorsement is initially driven by Farm Bureau members at the local level in the candidate’s district.Also receiving the IN Farm Bureau endorsement is IN Senator Chip Perfect, District 43. Both Representative Frye and Senator Perfect are incumbents in the upcoming November elections. U.S. Congressman Greg Pence has received the IN Farm Bureau ELECT PAC endorsement.
The Wisconsin men’s soccer team returned home Tuesday in a solid 2-0 non-conference win over Saint Louis University. The Badgers (4-2-1, 2-1-0 Big Ten) rebounded from their first conference loss of the year at Pennsylvania State University last week to take down the outmatched Billikins (1-4-3).The team showed little to no lingering effects from their double overtime loss against the Nittany Lions, scoring quickly off of junior middle forward Christopher Mueller’s free kick in the 12th minute to take the early lead. The score would hold at 1-0 until later in the match, when fellow junior middle forward Mike Catalano put the game away for good with his second goal of the season. The strike came off an assist from junior forward Isaac Schlenker, who found Catalano in the middle of the box during the 73rd minute in what would be the game-ending goal.The theme of the match for the Badgers was defense when it mattered most, conceding only one shot on goal despite awarding the Billikens with four corner kicks throughout the match. For junior keeper Phillip Schilling, the clean sheet marked the second shutout of the year behind a defense that only allowed a single shot on goal. The Germany native was only forced to make one save in the match, albeit an impressive one, in the final minutes of the night.Offensively, the Badgers were able to control the game as they led the Billikens in shots 11-8. Of those 11, the squad was able to get five of them on target for an impressive shot on goal percentage of .454.The game was aggressive for both teams as each racked up nine a piece. The battle led to some frustration for both squads toward the end of the match with each team receiving a caution late in the game. In the 83rd minute, St. Louis defender Lein Hennert received his team’s only yellow card of the night, while Badgers defender Elan Koenig received a yellow card of his own in the 90th minute. The warning was the sophomore’s second of the season and is a cause for concern coming late in a clean, 2-0 win.The Badgers now look to continue their three game home winning streak as they return to conference play to take on winless Rutgers University at McClimon on Saturday.