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We always think of a saint as a man – at least that is the first thought that normally comes to our mind. Have there never been holy women? Or if there are – why are they so unknown?
I found some intresting insight into that topic:
“In addition to the(Knights)Templars and the enlightenment of a saint such as Bernard of Clairvaux, the Middle Ages saw the blossoming of mysticism amongst woman saints. Although their spiritual greatness was marginalized in western culture, this movement grew to an extent unprecedented in western history. These saints, who came from monasteries and convents from all over Europe reawakened the flame of Eternal Love and abandoned the fruitless intellect of the church theologians.
Amongst them there were Clara of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hildegard of Binden, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Marguerite Porette, Julian of Norwich and many others. Through their piety and their contemplative meditations, some of them rediscovered the maternal aspect of the Divine.” From the book “The search for the Divine Mother” by Gwenael Verez.