The Peace of God to all that belong to the Light
This October 15th and 17th, depending if you want to see this from the religious or secular point of view were the festivity and the anniversary of
the death of Heilige Hedwig von Andechs (1174 – 1243 AD), a Bavarian princess who became through Marriage great duchess of Silesia, in Poland.
This remarkable woman was forced to marry at just 12 years old Henry I the Bearded, son and heir of the Piast duke Bolesław I the Tall of
Silesia,and became widow still so much young.
No doubt Hedwig was a sort of combination of Mahatma Gandhi, Princess Diana and Mother Teresa of her time. She is famous for her charity, she got
rid of almost all her fortune to found hospitals, support monasteries and help the poors to finally retire from the public life in the mystical life.
Hedwig of Silesia, who was made Saint by the Roman Apostolic Catholic church is honored as the St patron of difficult marriages, of widows, and also
of Hospitals and Charity foundations.
St Hedwig, also known as Edwigis, is an example that Nobility is a virtue that remains in the heart, not just in pedigrees or aristocracy, that
Patience for all and leadership in solidarity is its essence. How interesting are these ideas in our time in which the wild & furious permanent
competition for concentration of the economic and political power that characterizes the era of the global economy has eroded so much the value we
assign to the human life.
Hedwig of Andechs also gave us an example of Forgiveness when she decided to dissuade her family to take revenge for the death of her son in the hands
of Tartars that attacked Poland in her time. In this sense She anticipated the power of the passive resistance that latterly was revived by Mahatma
Ghandi and Martin Luther King in the XX Century.
One of Hedwig of Silesia famous quotes that reveal her Social Philosophy is :
"The greater one is by birth, the greater one must be in virtue, and the more distinguished we are in station, the more we must distinguish
ourselves by our conduct, in order to be a bright example to others.
How many grave events and sad things that Poland and Germany, the two nations that are linked to the story of Hedgwig Andechs, suffered along the XX
century could be prevented if her legacy would have respected and imitated by the subsequent leaders of her land.
For Germany and Poland in modern History it turns out that Nazism and Communism appeared as the two sides of the same coin that represent the terrible
moral illness, the social cancer, that Hedwig denounced and tried to cure with her example of perfect love for all.
Nevertheless, this Story repeats periodically in History and we can see that the same can be said of the conflict in between all kind of
fundamentalisms that we see right now bringing so much violence to the world in our epoch.
We see this either when a member of an ethnic minority is brutally killed for abuse of force in the streets of any of the American cities or when
police members are murdered by whom decides to take revenge of such actions.
Also this same fight among opposite extremisms is present when the European, Russian and American imperialist ambitions send a country like former
Yugoslavia or current Ukraine to civil war, as well when Islamic fundamentalism kill civilians that represent religious minorities in any street of
middle east or when the arm forces of Israel exterminate Palestinian children, women or elders.
The virtues of that ruled the life of St. Hedwig, her so important legacy to follow and imitate, are unfortunately absent in nations that have
faced devastating consequences of extreme social polarization, disintegrated by the walls of hatred, and confrontation among social sectors.
Charity is lacking where ever communism, fascism, falangism, segregation, racism, classism, rule of circles of power or mafias are darkening the peace
of nations that as part of the Christian civilization must enjoy when they remain solidly based on the rule of Love, that is the great lesson of St
Hedwig for our time.
The thread is open to whoever feels compelled to remember the legacy of this so interesting woman, as always bounded by the norms of mutual respect
and decorum that must prevail in the communication and posting in the forum.
The Angel of Lightness
edit on 10/18/2015 by The angel of light because: (no reason given)