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St. Hildegarde of Bingen?

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Reports suggest that the Pope is contemplating the canonization of Hildegarde of Bingen. Props to him, if true!

Tornielli reports that Benedict has long felt connected to Hildegard and cites her as an example of a great woman theologian. Rome Reports writes that Benedict dedicated several of his general audiences to this German nun, saying, intriguingly, that she "served the church in an age in which it was wounded by the sins of priests and laity."

What seems to elude these reports is that Hildegard was also a powerful abbess during a time when, according to scholar Gary Macy, "abbesses were powerful and acted independently not only of the papacy, but also of the local bishop." She even had a male secretary named Volmar.

Related, with musical excerpts.

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Emma Kirkby´s recording of Bingen´s "A Feather on the Breath of God" should be in everyone´s CD collection.

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Thank you, Mashinka. I don't know that recording.

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Since working with gemstones is part of my job I was happily surprised to find out that St. Hildegarde used various gemstones as part of her healing ministry along with herbs and assigning specific diets for many maladies.

She was a facinating and awe inspiring woman!

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Well, she's not "St. Hildegarde" just yet. :) Abbesses could exercise considerable power in Hildegarde's day. Later, not so much.

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