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The Life Of Hildegard Essay

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Saint Hildegard of Bingen was born in the year of 1098 in the castle of Böchelheim on the River Nahe. Hildegard specific birthdate is unknown. She was born the tenth child in from her father, Hildebert and her mother, Mechtildis. Her family was very noble. At the age of 8, her family could not support her, so she was given to an anchoress name Jutta. From there and forward she would receive a religious education and live the religious life that would soon develop her into a nun. From this age, she was spent in the Benedictine house. During this time she began to experience visions and illnesses. Some of the visions she would have included bright lights, sound of symphonies, and figures that would appear.
While living in the Benedictine House she had the opportunity to learn how to read musical notation; learn German and some Latin from Jutta; and she exposed to going to service at least eight times a day. Jutta taught Hildegard basic education, and from there she learned to read Psalter in Latin. Because of Hildegard’s grammatical errors, she would have the help of her lifelong secretaries, Jutta and Volmar (another monk), to write down her visions. Her visions later inspired her to write music.
In the year of 1136, when Hildegard was about 38 years of age, Jutta died and Hildegard was elected to lead the women of Disibodenberg. Despite of Hildegard’s visions it did not stir the women to not vote for her. As her role as head continue to grow and flourish, by her 42nd birthday her visions had continued to grow on her as well. She began to see images, hear voices, and sometimes was unable to move. Because of her visions she was called forth to write and teach everything that she saw and heard. She describes the vision that changed the course of her life as:
“And it came to pass...when I was 42 years and 7 months old, that the heavens were opened and a blinding light of exceptional brilliance flowed through my entire brain. And so it kindled my whole heart and breast like a flame, not burning but warming...and suddenly I understood of the meaning of expositions of the books...”
She was hesitant, because she was worried what others may say or think. She stated:
“But although I heard and saw these things, because of doubt and low opinion of myself and because of diverse sayings of men, I refused for a long time a call to write, not out of stubbornness but out of humility, until weighed down by a scourge of god, I fell onto a bed of sickness.”
She thought that if she wrote what she seen, it would overstep Gods boundaries. With the convincing of herself she agreed to share her story. A monk along with some nuns assisted her to write whatever she saw or heard.
In 1145, the writings were then sent to the Pope. He enjoyed her writings so much that he gave her his blessings. When the Pope gave Hildegard his blessings, visitors as well as women joined Hildegard’s monastery.
By 1147 through 1150, Hildegard oversaw of process of...

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