Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times–Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century
VIRTUAL – part of a 6-month series on Presenting the Mystics with Matthew Fox, Ph.D., with gratitude to our Community of Communities partners at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center.
April 21, 2022, 7:00-9:00pm
It has taken from the 12th century until recently to declare Hildegard a Saint and Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church. 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. 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. 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, to celebrate life, and to “wake up.” We will explore and discuss some of her rich teachings.
Facilitated by Matthew Fox, Ph.D.
Rev. Matthew Fox, is an author, theologian, and activist priest. He has been calling people of spirit and conscience into the Creation Spirituality lineage for over 50 years. His 39 books, lectures, retreats, and innovative education models have ignited an international movement to awaken people to be mystics, prophets, contemplative activists, who honor and defend the earth and work for justice. Matthew today is an Episcopal priest after having been expelled from the Dominican Order, to which he belonged for 34 years, by Cardinal Ratzinger for 1) being "a feminist theologian" and 2) "calling God 'Mother'" and 3) "working too closely with Native Americans." He tries his best to wear these badges of honor with humility.