St. Hildegard wrote: But the light I see is not local, but is everywhere, and brighter far than the cloud which supports the sun. I can in no way know the form of this light, just as I cannot see the sun's disc entire. But in this light I see at times, though not often, another light which is called by me the living light, but when and in what manner I see this I do not know how to say. And when I see it all weariness and need is lifted from me, and all at once I feel like a simple girl and not like an old woman.
|The Human Soul|
St. Hildegard in May and will make her a Doctor of the Church in October, is said to have "put her on the map" with his book of her Illuminations. And while the drawings are fine they cannot compare with the version done in Germany about 35 years ago. They are done in gold leaf and the two volume set was then about $200. I was fortunate to be given the set by a very dear German friend and while I cannot understand much of the explanations I relish the beauty of the pictures.