Blessed/Saint (she never had a formal canonisation but IS in the Roman martyrology, and then again Sts Peter and Paul never had formal canonisations either!) Hildegard of Bingen is perfectly fine to read, although being mystic-to-the-max she does tend to get ‘adopted’ by new-agey types. Kinda how perfectly orthodox Buddhist or Hindu philosophers/mystics tend to get mangled by those who know nothing of Buddhism or Hinduism.
She wrote some glorious music as well - have a listen sometime!
toss it, better yet, shred it
there is nothing wrong with Hildegarde of Bingen, but what you will find in that book, I very much doubt, is her own version of her spirituality, but some warped version filtered through one of the most noted dissidents in the church today. truly dangerous stuff
find a book about the “real” Hildegarde from a reliable Catholic pubisher. Word Among Us Press, Ignatius, Loyola etc.
Aaah, there’s a point. If the book is other than entirely in Hildegard’s own words, that’s a whole other kettle of fish, of course. Course you can skip the commentary if any and just read the quoted passages from her. :shrug:
It’s actually just the visions of Hildegard translated by Bruce Hozeski (albeit with sections removed to bring it down to about 400 pages) with a couple of introductions - one by an OSB I haven’t heard of and the other by Fox, who was still an OP at the time.
I’ll give it a go one day - in amongst the other several hundred books waiting to be read!
According to the Online Patron Saints Index, today September 17 is the memorial of Hildegard of Bingen. Even though she hasn’t been formally canonized, the old Catholic Encyclopedia says her name is in the Roman Martyrology and names her a saint.