Open your heart to the words of prayer of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, twelfth–century mystic, healer and abbess, natural scientist, prophetess and spiritual guideone of the greatest female spiritual figures of the last millennium. From the saint’s great visionary works dealing with God, humans and the cosmos, one of her modern followers has compiled a simple, unpretentious, consoling book of prayer. The mystical writings of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), the self-described “trumpet of God” and “zither of the Holy Spirit,” invite you to enter into prayer that is dialogue on all levels: a dialogue between the Creator and the created, one person and another, the individual and nature, the body and the soul, virtue and vice.
WALBURGA STORCH, O.S.B., is a Benedictine Sister in Rüdesheim-Eibingen, Germany (St. Hildegard’s Abbey). She translated for the first time in German the Latin-critical edition of Scivias, and the entire letters of Hildegard of Bingen. CAECILIA BONN, O.S.B., is oblate director and former prioress for 23 years at St. Hildegard’s Abbey in Rüdesheim-Eibingen. SHARON THERESE NEMETH, a native Californian, holds an M.A. (Magister Artium) Anglistik & Germanistik [English & German] from the Universität Mannheim, Germany. She lives and teaches in Mannheim and is a translator specializing in spiritual writing.