From Heavenly Harmony
The Harmony of Celestial Revelations
by Ken Myers
In 1146, the abbess of a small Cistercian convent in the Rhineland sent a letter to the abbot of a large and influential Cistercian monastery in Ville-sous-la-Ferté in northeastern France. The nun was both comforted and disquieted by a series of visions she had experienced, visions that conveyed to her a deep theological understanding of the Scriptures, which she was laboring to set down in writing. But she did not want to be presumptuous in transmitting this knowledge to others. As she was only an unlearned nun, was her assumption of the role of teacher an expressio . . .