VISUAL THEOLOGY


Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) produced major works of theology and of her mystical visions in an era when few women were even able to write. She was sought out by bishops, popes, and kings for her wisdom and counsel. After learning the healing powers and medicinal uses of plants, animals, trees, and stones, she authored treatises of her findings. Hildegard is the first composer of music whose life is known in detail. She founded a convent where the sisters performed her musical plays. Although she has been revered as a saint for centuries, and several Popes have referred to her by that title, she was never officially canonized. So Pope Benedict XVI eliminated any lingering uncertainty by announcing on May 10, 2012 that St. Hildegard should be inscribed in the catalogue of saints. Musicologists and historians of science and religion have spurred on a revival of interest in this extraordinary woman of the Middle Ages. Her feast day is September 17. She was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7, 2012. She will be the fourth woman Doctor of the Church after St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Therese of Lisieux. There are in all only 33 Doctors of the Church


Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

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