Friday, 17 September 2010
Feast of St Hildegard von Bingen
Today is the feast day of St Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine Abbess, mystic, writer, scientist and composer of the twelfth century (and my confirmation saint). Her musical compositions represent the largest surviving repertoire of any medieval composer. She corresponded extensively, including with Emperors, Popes and prominent figures of the period such as St Bernard and Abbot Suger. She also conducted a number of preaching tours, urging, amongst other things, clerical reform.
Unsurprisingly given all this, she has become rather popular in recent years. It was nice though, to see some of the more distorted claims made in the attempt to co-opt her to feminist and New Age causes put into perspective by the Pope in two recent General Audiences on her. You can read his comments here: