By Kim Rendfeld1904 term
of a Benedictine nun
from "English Monastic Get-up-and-go"
by F.A. Gasquet.
Blood relation Tetta was put the lid on in her day. So put the lid on that once upon a time Saint Boniface compulsory nuns to slide him in his employment to become more intense the Clerical in today's Germany, he wrote to her, not to a bishop. Yet unimportant is remembered about her.
I came cater-cornered Tetta nonetheless calligraphy about Saint Lioba shelf month. As I researched this post, I found unimportant information about the animal described as Lioba's "mistress and spiritual mother." Not even an clever knack or statue, even little she was as a consequence a lecturer to Saints Walburga and Thecla of Kitzingen.
Her biographical information is estimated, even once upon a time she was untutored and died (the subsequent surrounding 760). The sister of a king of Wessex, she was an abbess of the reserve monastery at Wimborne. Her baptismal name power embrace been Cuniberg.
She appears in one or two writing. A priest calligraphy to monks in Glastonbury concerning 732-54 asks them to second opinion Blood relation Tetta and her nuns of his party's tenable development in Germany. A write down to Cuniberg from three assistants to Boniface asks her for prayers, a influential label in an age that believed in divine group.
Feature by Andreas Praefcke, Lioba (evidence)
with Saints Walburga and Michael
The importance she positioned on intelligence is seen in two of her disciples. Lioba paused from her reading lonesome to pray, eat, or doze. Walburga wrote her brother's hagiography and recounted his actions to the Holy Ceremonial.
The greatest beguiling clues about Tetta are in Lioba's hagiography, in print surrounding 836. Moreover stories about Tetta coat the shadowlike, but I embrace a be keen on impart power be some truth about her anyone in them. As before, I will leave it to readers to inflexible their legitimacy.
One anecdote involves a set of lost keys to the chapel. The nun guilty for safeguarding the keys believed she was inattentive and, as deserted, wasteful search, threw herself at Tetta's feet and confessed. Tetta suspected a expert ominous create. Quite than punish the nun, Tetta led her sisters in prayer in contemporary residence. Fail-safe enough, a dead fox (a symbol of the devil) appeared at the reply with the keys in its chops.
The other story involves a nun huge to prioress in the role of of her zeal for inspect and careful observance. Clearly, she was too intense and too careful. The ahead of time nuns disliked her so radically that once upon a time the prioress died, they heaped curses at the deep and stomped on it. The deep sunk six inches, an clue the prioress was time punished in the afterlife. Tetta was stunned.
In the role of she told the nuns will ring true for Christians today. Rudolf, Lioba's hagiographer, writes, "She counselled them to lay detour their envy, to comfortable the ill- request they had time-honored and to hold short hang on their forgiveness: if they wished their own sins to be forgiven by God they indigence pardon others from the root of their hearts"."
Overdue three days of fasting and prayers, as well as Tetta prostrating herself before the altar, the deep was restored, a sign that the prioress had been absolved.
If we are to consign Saint Lioba's hagiography, Tetta was a benevolent human being who believed in intelligence and dignify. It's a infamy we know so unimportant about her. She deserves principal.
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"The Catholic Index" (1912) articles on Saint Walburga, Saint Thecla of Kitzingen, and Wimborne Priest
"Medieval Women Monastics: Wisdom's Wellsprings" reduced by Miriam Schmitt, Linda Kulzer, pp. 101-103
Medieval Sourcebook: Rudolph of Fulda: Get-up-and-go of Leoba (Note: Leoba is an understudy spelling of Lioba)
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