Monday, September 17, 2012

Hildegard of Bingen


Today, Benedictines around the world are celebrating our own Hildegard of Bingen; However, next year the whole Church will be celebrating this Benedictine woman of mysticism and wisdom.  On October 7th, Pope Benedict XVI will be proclaiming Hildegard Saint and Doctor of the Church.  She will have a place in the official calendar and memorial readings dedicated to her feast.  But that is next year, today she continues to be simply commemorated by her Benedictine sisters and brothers.

"Our catechesis today deals with Saint Hildegard of Bingen, the great nun and mystic of the 12th century. One of the outstanding women of the Middle Ages, Hildegard used her spiritual gifts for the renewal of the Church and the spread of authentic Christian living. Hildegard reminds us of the contribution which women are called to make to the life of the Church in our own time. Trusting in her intercession, I cordially invoke upon all of you God's abundant blessings!"
~Pope Benedict XVI, September 1, 2010 and September 8, 2010 audiences.


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