Hildegard Von Bingen Saintly Status

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Wednesday 16, May 2012 | Category:  
Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century German nun, was the first woman to be officially recognized as a "prophetess" by the Roman Catholic Church. And now Pope Benedict XVI has ordered that Hildegard, who died in 1179, be inscribed "in the catalogue of saints," and thus extend her cult "to the universal church."

In 2010, when he delivered a series of talks on the great thinkers who have shaped the thought of the Church, Pope Benedict devoted two consecutive public audiences to the writings of St. Hildegard of Bingen, noting that her vision was unusually “rich in theological content.”

The Pope said that the German mystic’s keen interest in the sciences was a natural outgrowth of her spirituality, since in her eyes “all of creation was a symphony of the Holy Spirit, Who is in Himself joy and contentment.”

Here is one of St. Hildegard's many poems. Like St. Hildegard let us be inspired and let God work through us each day. St. Hildegard, please pray for us!

Father, great is our need and we beg, we beg with a word that was fullness within us: look again. It is fitting--let your word look again that we fail not, that your name be not darkened within us. Tell us your name again lest we forget. 

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