September 8, 2010.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In our catechesis on medieval Christian culture, we turn again to Saint
Hildegard of Bingen, the great nun and mystic of the twelfth century. Hildegard’s
celebrated visions vividly interpreted the word of God for her contemporaries,
calling them to a committed Christian life.
She brought a woman’s insight to
the mysteries of the faith. In her many works she contemplated the mystic
marriage between God and humanity accomplished in the Incarnation, as well as
the spousal union of Christ and the Church. She also explored the vital
relationship between God and creation, and our human calling to give glory to
God by a life of holiness and virtue. Hildegard’s musical compositions reflect
her conviction that all creation is a symphony of the Holy Spirit, who is
himself joy and jubilation. Her vast learning and spiritual authority also led
her to work for the renewal of the Church in her day.
Through Saint Hildegard’s
intercession, let us ask the Spirit to raise up wise, holy and courageous women
whose God-given gifts will enrich the life of the Church in our own time!
I am pleased to greet the participants in the Communications Seminar
sponsored by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and I offer prayerful
good wishes for their work. Upon all the English-speaking visitors present at
today’s Audience, especially the pilgrim groups from England, Wales, Scotland,
Ireland, Sweden, Nigeria, Indonesia, Canada and the United States of America, I
invoke God’s abundant blessings.