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HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: A Saint for Our Times
- Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century -
FOREWORD BY JOAN CHITTISTER, OSB
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From the Cover of the Book:
It has taken from the 12th century until now to declare Hildegard a Saint and Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.
In the pages of this book, Hildegard’s teachings – and warnings – live again. By pointing out the injustices of her time, we recognize them as the same injustices of our time – only magnified.
She warns us of the consequences of the mistreatment and marginalizing of women, oppression of the poor and powerless, destruction of our environment, and the dangers of a patriarchal system run wild.
Demanding reform of society’s institutions and social structures, Hildegard implores all of us to live in integrity with our espoused principles. She especially implores our leaders to wield their influence “wisely.”
Hildegard also tells us how to bring light to the dark places in our lives, and thus our world. She urges us to “be useful,” to nurture nature, to speak up against injustice wherever we find it. But she also reminds us to sing, to dance, to be creative, and to celebrate life.
Matthew Fox wields his pen passionately, putting us in touch with the animating and reforming power of Hildegard as she urges us to “wake up.” Dare we ignore her plea?
For the almost 1.2 billion Catholics around the world–310 million of them in the US alone–October, 2012 will mark the historic canonization and declaration as Doctor of the Church of 12th century Benedictine nun Hildegard of Bingen by Pope Benedict XVI. She will be only the fourth woman to have this honor bestowed on her.
In an era when women were marginalized, Hildegard was an outspoken, controversial figure who exemplified the divine feminine, sought justice for the poor, and demonstrated a passion for the earth and its creatures, emphasizing the oneness of reality. Yet so visionary was her insight, she was sought out by kings, popes, abbots, and bishops for advice.
Today, along with being honored and celebrated through many websites and Hildegard groups for her teachings, philosophy, art, and music, Hildegard is being recognized for her immense contribution to our understanding of our spiritual relationship to nature–a contribution that touches head-on key issues faced by our planet in the 21st century, particularly with regard to the environment and ecology.
In his landmark book, Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times, internationally acclaimed author Matthew Fox explores the power and richness of Hildegard as writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, healer, artist, and student of science, and visits the basic concepts that influenced her teachings and visions and that ultimately earned her sainthood, admiration, and loyalty.
In describing this book, Fox states, “It’s meant for ordinary people, busy people, people on the go who seek some timeless wisdom from a past that yearns to speak to us today in the midst of our personal, cultural, and planetary turbulence–turbulence that gives perspective to our existence.”
About the Author, Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox: Matthew Fox is the popular and controversial theologian and author of 30 books, translated into 48 languages, that recover the mystical tradition of Christianity. His Original Blessing was a landmark in understanding this tradition. Fox's books also emphasize social, ecological, and gender justice. He is founder and director of the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, CA.
A member of the Dominican Order for 34 years, Fox was silenced by the Vatican in 1989 and formally dismissed in 1993. Now an Episcopal minister, he travels extensively, sharing his radical vision of a Christianity that leans toward mysticism rather than orthodoxy, Divine Feminism rather than patriarchy.
Learn more about Matthew on his website.
Other Books by Matthew Fox:
Original Blessing, Matthew Fox, 1585429670, Tarcher October 2000
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ Matthew Fox 9780060629151 17.00 HarperOne Nov 1988
The Pope's War Matthew Fox 9781402786297 22.95 Sterling Ethos May 2011
Creation Spirituality Matthew Fox 9780060629175 16.00 HarperOne March 1991
A New Reformation Matthew Fox 9781594771231 12.95 Inner Traditions Feb 2006
One River, Many Wells Matthew Fox 9781585423262 18.95 Tarcher June 2004
Christian Mystics Matthew Fox 9781577319528 16.95 New World Library Feb 2011