Saint George on Horseback by Circle of Lucas Cranach the Elder , via Wikimedia Commons
Most strong God, who is able to fight against you?
I want you to help me fight against the flaming dragon of sin within me,
that eats away my very soul.
I want to have the strongest sword in my hand,
fashioned by you, with the sharpest blade
that will cut through the dragon’s scales.
And when I have slayed the dragon within myself,
I want to offer a safe refuge for all who,
like me, are frail and vulnerable.
I will give them a sword to slay their own dragons,
so that together we may live in joy and peace.
St. Hildegard of Bingen, 1098 – 1179, German Benedictine abbess and composer
For the word of God is alive and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.