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.”
Manchester City will be lifted by the return of inspirational captain Vincent Kompany as they bid to reassert their authority this weekend. The Belgian is now set to return in place of Eliaquim Mangala – alongside whom he had helped keep five successive clean sheets – at Tottenham on Saturday as the Frenchman misses out with a groin problem. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “It is important for the team that Vincent has just recovered from his injury. He is the captain and he started the season very well, not only as a defender, but he scored three important goals also.” Kompany’s return, along with that of Samir Nasri after a minor problem, was the welcome fitness news to emerge from Pellegrini’s pre-match press conference. But on the downside, playmaker David Silva remains sidelined with a calf injury and strikers Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho have also been ruled out with knocks. Mangala could be out until after next month’s international break, joining the likes of Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph on the longer-term casualty list. Pablo Zabaleta is at least near to a return and Pellegrini is hopeful Silva could feature in Tuesday’s Champions League game at Borussia Monchengladbach. Pellegrini said of the injury list: “It doesn’t seem very long – it is very long! We have had a lot of injured players with different injuries. There is not just one reason for it. “That is why I say it is important to have a squad because you are going to win or lose the title by just one or two points. Normally the difference is not more.” City bounced back from the back-to-back losses against Juventus and West Ham by beating struggling Sunderland comfortably 4-1 in the Capital One Cup in midweek. Press Association The Barclays Premier League leaders surrendered their 100 per cent record, and conceded for the first time domestically, as they slipped to a surprise loss to West Ham last weekend. Central defender Kompany missed the game having been forced off with a calf injury during the Champions League loss to Juventus four days previously. Pellegrini fielded a strong side for the third-round tie but Pellegrini said he did not have much flexibility to rest players because of injuries. He said: “We had 11 players injured so we played the 11 players that can play. We didn’t have more players. “But it was important to continue in the Capital One Cup after two defeats in a row for the trust of the team.” Sergio Aguero opened City’s scoring with a penalty but he missed another good chance and could still have been feeling the effects of a recent knee injury. But Pellegrini said: “I think for tomorrow he is 100 per cent fit. Maybe after his injury he was not all right, especially after West Ham, but he is now okay.” City have won eight of their last nine league games against Spurs but Pellegrini is paying no attention to that statistic. He said: “Every game is different. Tottenham are a very strong squad, especially at home, and they have very good players.” Pellegrini would not comment on reports linking City with a move for Brisbane Roar midfielder Luke Brattan.
Published on August 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Starting guard Rob Trudo returned to practice in limited action Tuesday as Syracuse opened its second week of training camp at Fort Drum. Trudo, a sophomore, missed practice Monday. On Tuesday he participated in some drills, but also spent a part of practice watching from the side and riding a stationary bike.Monday’s other notable absentee, junior wide receiver Quinta Funderburk, also returned to the practice field on Tuesday, as did junior defensive back Josh Mims.Sophomore defensive lineman Tyler Marona and redshirt freshman tackle Kyle Knapp missed practice with upper-body injuries, head coach Scott Shafer said.Marona was absent from Monday’s practice as well, but this is the first practice that Knapp missed.“We’ve got a couple little nicks and bruises across the team,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe noted that Marona and Knapp should return to practice in the next few days. But when asked if they made the trip to Fort Drum, he simply said: “Next question.”Junior linebacker Josh Kirkland was sidelined for the second straight day with an apparent lower-body injury. He attended practice as he did on Monday. Comments