Life of Saint Hildegard of Bingen (03:50)
The 12th century nun followed Benedictine principles of prayer and work. Her parents offered her to the monastery at Disibodenberg. She had a more joyful interpretation of monastic life than her mentor Jutta.
Prolific Monastic Career (02:36)
Hildegard's artistic and healing works and sermons contributed to her "celebrity;" people visited her from across Europe. From childhood, she had visions and heard God telling her to write down and speak about her experiences.
Hildegard's public sermons combined mysticism with cultural criticism. She continued her education through writing and by compiling medicinal knowledge, and made key intellectual contributions to her culture.
Hildegard saw beauty in humanity and holiness in creativity—in a way similar to Thomas Aquinas.
A Filmmaker's Journey (02:25)
People seeking to change their lives benefit from spiritual guidance. Michael C. Conti reflects on his decision to make a documentary series about Hildegard of Bingen while attending a retreat at Disibodenberg.
Patron Saint of Creativity (02:41)
Through her painting, music, poetry, writing, research, and healing, Hildegard continues to inspire people to affect change by doing what they love and to access the spirit of God. Conti urges viewers to follow their own path of divine creativity and spirituality.
Credits: History and Places Program - The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard (02:10)
Credits: History and Places Program - The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard
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