A reflection on the feast of St. Hildegard, September 17th, by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
When we read of the lives of the saints we realize that they didn’t have easy lives. Over and over again we are reminded of how the saints struggled to be faithful. It wasn’t as if things didn’t come in their way and disrupt their lives. We read of the troubles of St. Hildegard. Her life was difficult. How discouraged she could have become; but she didn’t let that happen. It was her prayer life, one filled with hope and trust in God, trusting that God is there for each one of us, that enabled her to get through it. I once received a card from an older sister that said, “The Cross will not break you it will make you stronger.” That is true and it was true for St. Hildegard. When we read the saints it’s important to focus on the fact that they didn’t sit in their misery but went on.
Another inspiring example is our Holy Father Pope Benedict. People have compared the Holy Father with John Paul II saying that he doesn’t have the pizzazz of John Paul II and all many other things. But he doesn’t let that stop him from doing what is right, nor does he let it discourage him in God’s word. He goes on. What a great witness for all of us. He goes on like all the saints. Do the same!