Post by Elizabeth on Jun 2, 2020 2:49:22 GMT
This biography of St. Hildegard of Bingen is taken from the series of books called: l'Histoire Universelle de l'Église Catholic (Universal History of the Catholic Church) by Fr. René François Rohrbacher. The parts come from Volumes 15, pages 502 and 503, and Volume 16, page 338. I just translated the pieces and stuck them together.
Biography of St. Hildegard of Bingen
Saint Hildegard was born in the county of Sponheim (Germany), in the year 1098, of noble and virtuous parents, who devoted her to the service of God from her childhood, because, as soon as she could speak, she made it known, both by her discourses and by signs, that she saw extraordinary things. At the age of eight, she was offered to the monastery of Disemberg or Mount St. Disibodus, and placed under the guidance of Blessed Jutta or Judith, sister of the Count of Sponheim, who led the life of a recluse, and who trained her in humility, innocence, and simply taught her to read the Psalter. From the age of eight to fifteen, Hildegard continued to see many things supernaturally, which she spoke of with simplicity to her companions, who were amazed, as well as to those who knew about it. One admired where this could have come from. Then Hildegard herself noticed with surprise that, while she could see inwardly into her soul, she could also see outwardly through her body's eyes, as usual, something she had never heard said about anyone. From then on, seized by fear, she did not dare to speak to anyone about her inner light. However, in her discourses, she often spoke of things to come, which seemed strange to the listeners. She saw and heard these things, not in a dream, not in sleep, not in a state of exaltation, not through the eyes of the body, or through the ears of the outer man; but she received them, wide awake, looking into her soul alone, through the eyes and ears of the inner man, and in the most open places, as it pleased God.At the age of forty-two years seven months, she saw the heavens open and a very luminous fire, which penetrated her head, heart, and all her breast, without burning it, but with gentle heat, and at once she received the understanding of the Psalms, the Gospels, and the other books of the Old and New Testament, so that she was able to explain their meaning, though she could not explain the words grammatically, knowing neither Latin nor grammar.
Saint Hildegard performed an infinity of miracles, of which her contemporary biographer reports up to twenty in particular. She died on the 17th of September 1179, on the night of Sunday to Monday, aged eighty. Her life was written by Theodoric, a Benedictine monk, some thirty years after her death, on the memoirs of another monk named Godfrey, to which he added revelations and miracles. The Church honors the saint on the day of her death.