Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Hildegard and John of Avila becoming 'Doctors of the Church'


(ANSA) – Vatican City, September 28 – Pope Benedict XVI is
to declare Saints Hildegard of Bingen and John of Avila Doctors
of the Church on October 7, feast of the Holy Rosary.
In Catholicism the title Doctor of the Church is given to a
saint whose writings have benefited the entire Church and
bestowed "eminent learning" and worthy of "great sanctity".
The elevation of the 12th-century German mystic nun and the
16th-century Apostle of Andalusia to this level will take to 35
the number of Doctors of the Church, of whom Hildegard will be
the fourth woman.
Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a writer,
composer, philosopher, abbess and visionary who founded the
monasteries of Rupertsberg and Eibingen.
One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an
early example of liturgical drama and arguably the oldest
surviving morality play.
She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as
well as letters, liturgical songs and poems, while supervising
brilliant miniature illuminations.
She has been held up by Benedict XVI as a model for the way
Catholics should react at times when the Church is under duress.
St John of Avila (1500-1569) was a Spanish preacher and
mystic and reformer of the clerical life in Spain.
His best-known works are the Audi Fili, one of the best
tracts on Christian perfection, and his Spiritual Letters to his

photo: a film still from Vision, about Hildegard of Bingen

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