Today is the memorial of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, German Benedictine nun and among the greatest female saints of the Medieval period of European history. Like the women who supported Jesus and the Twelve (Lk 8), she scorned the attraction of riches as the early Apostles did (1 Tim 2) for the integrity of religious life in support of the gospel. But just as women of the Church do today, she offered up more than her wealth but all her God-given gifts for the edification of others She gifted to the Church her visionary experiences, her spiritual wisdom, her learning in natural philosophy, the composition of some of the greatest hymns of the Medieval era, and her reformist preaching calling for the reform of both clergy and laity alike to live in accord with the holiness of God. Today we can look to her as an example of total dedication to Christ, of the poverty necessary to promote the gospel through living out the many gifts that God has given us for the preaching of truth and the life of charity.
24th OT Friday // 1 Tim 6:2c-12 // Ps 49// Luke 8:1-3