Saturday, September 04, 2010
St. Hildegard of Bingen
Speaking of the medieval German mystic and her gifts, Pope Benedict noted:
This is, dear friends, the seal of an authentic experience of the Holy Spirit, source of every charism: The receiver of supernatural gifts never boasts, does not exhibit them and, above all, shows total obedience to ecclesial authority. Every gift distributed by the Holy Spirit, in fact, is destined for the edification of the Church, and the Church, through her pastors, recognises their authenticity. - Idle Speculations has the full text.
At one time, St. Hildegard was especially loved by New Age spiritual types. I've always thought she could be a special patroness of binge drinkers - due to her title, von Bingen. Did you know many medieval ascetics fasted on beer and bread? And some think that a specific mold growing on the stale bread could have induced LSD type hallucinations, which might have been mistaken for mystical experiences. (Or was it the beer?)
Oh! To have lived back then.