Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, herbalist and overall polymath, who ruled her own monastery of Rupertsberg, high on a hill in rural Germany.

Hildegard’s most significant works were her three volumes of visionary theology: Scivias (“Know the Ways”), Liber Vitae Meritorum (“Book of the Rewards of Life”); and Liber Divinorum Operum (“Book of Divine Works”). In these works, Hildegard first describes each vision, whose details are often strange and enigmatic, and then interprets their theological contents in the words of the “voice of the Living Light”.

Hildegard’s visions caused her to see humans as “living sparks” of God’s love, coming from God as daylight comes from the sun. Hildegard saw the harmony of God’s creation and the place of women and men within that.

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