Saint Hildegard von Bingen Visions
Saint Hildegard von Bingen had visions starting when she was only a young girl. Her parents offered her to the church and she was placed with an old nun named Jutta in the Palatinate Forest at Disibodenberg. This location is now known as Germany.
Jutta taught Saint Hildegard von Bingen to read and write. When Jutta died, Saint Hildegared was named magistra of the convent. Saint Hildegard asked that the convent be moved to Rupertsberg but Abbot Kuno would not allow it. Saint Hildegard von Bingen was stricken with illness and paralysis. She believed this happened because God was displeased with her attempts at moving the convent. Finally, the Abbot granted permission to move the convent where it became known as St. Rupertsberg monastery. Saint Hildegard von Bingen then established a second monastery in Eibingen.
Saint Hildegard von Bingen Records Her Visions
Saint Hildegard von Bingen never wanted to reveal her visions to the world. She had visions for her entire life and when she was forty-two years old, she received a vision of God telling her to write down what she saw and what she heard in her visions. Saint Hildegard wrote down her visions although she struggled with it and became ill. She described her inward struggle with recording the visions in her theological work, Scivias.
But I, though I saw and heard those things, refused to write for a long time through doubt and bad opinion and the diversity of human words, not with stubbornness but in the exercise of humility, until, laid low by the scourge of God, I fell upon a bed of sickness; then, compelled at last by many illnesses, and by the witness of a certain noble maiden of good conduct [the nun Richardis von Stade] and of that man whom I had secretly sought and found, as mentioned above, I set my hand to the writing. While I was doing it, I sensed, as I mentioned before, the deep profundity of scriptural exposition; and, raising myself from illness by the strength I received, I brought this work to a close - though just barely - in ten years. [...] And I spoke and wrote these things not by the invention of my heart or that of any other person, but as by the secret mysteries of God I heard and received them in the heavenly places. And again I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, 'Cry out therefore, and write thus!
It is believed today that Saint Hildegard von Bingen suffered from migraine headaches.