This beautiful Hildegard of Bingen The Cosmos Greeting card is a customer favorite. Measuring 5.75 x 4.5 inches, the greeting card is blank inside. Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), the “Sibyl of the Rhine” who is now a Doctor of the Church, was an incredibly gifted woman of many talents: writer, composer, philosopher, polymath, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and mystic. This card will be a most fitting reminder to family, friends, and colleagues that our universe, our “cosmos”, is ultimately not just a scientific problem to be measured, quantified, and “figured out” — it is more fundamentally and more radically the “divine milieu” of the Absolute and Incomprehensible Mystery (which we call God) who has communicated God’s own self irrevocably and absolutely in human history in the person of Jesus Christ as well as in, through, and beyond human history in the Holy Spirit.
The Fiery Cosmic “Egg” of Saint Hildegard of Bingen Human
Saint Hildegard related the vision she received of the Cosmos so:
After this I saw a vast instrument, round and shadowed, in the shape of an egg, small at the top, large in the middle and narrowed at the bottom; outside it, surrounding its circumference, there was bright fire with, as it were, a shadowy zone under it… But from the fire that surrounded the instrument issued a blast with whirlwinds, and from the zone beneath it rushed forth another blast with its own whirlwinds, which diffused themselves hither and thither throughout the instrument. In that zone too there was a dark fire of such great horror that I could not look at it, whose force shook the whole zone, full of thunder, tempest, and exceedingly sharp stones both large and small. And while it made its thunders heard, the bright fire and the winds and the air were in commotion, so that lightning preceded those thunders; for the fire felt within itself the turbulence of those thunders… The firmament in the likeness of an egg and what it signifies: For this vast instrument, round and shadowed, in the shape of an egg, small at the top, large in the middle and narrowed at the bottom, faithfully shows Omnipotent God, incomprehensible in His majesty and inestimable in His mysteries and the hope of all the faithful; for humanity at first was rude and rough and simple in its actions, but was enlarged through the Old and New Testaments, and finally at the end of the world is destined to be beset with many tribulations.
Saint Hildegard of Bingen – Mystic, Composer, Doctor of the Church
Saint Hildegard wrote major works of theology (including Sci Vias, as depicted on this plaque – go to History/Story tab). She also related accounts of her mystical visions at a time when few women were even literate. Bishops, popes, and kings sought her out for her wisdom and counsel. She delved into and wrote treatises about the healing powers and medicinal uses of herbs, plants, animals, and trees. She is the earliest well-known composers of music. Her Ordo Virtutum is perhaps the oldest extant morality play and an early example of liturgical drama. Although she has been popularly held to be a saint for centuries, and more than one Pope has referred to her as such, she was never officially canonized. Pope Benedict XIV announced on May 10, 2012 that St. Hildegard of Bingen is now inscribed in the catalog of saints. On October 7, 2012, he then declared her a Doctor of the Church – along with three other female Doctors of the Church (St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Therese of Lisieux) and 30 male Doctors of the Church.