|They like to show her visions as she dictated her books.|
But wait -- there's more. She did this while serving as the abbess to her Benedictine community and serving as counselor to popes, bishops, and princes. Among her correspondents were Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. And did I mention four preaching tours?
Although celebrated as a saint in Germany, she was stalled at beatification and never formally canonized. Blessed Pope John Paul II referred to her as a saint, and his successor Benedict XVI has extended equivalent canonization to her. That is to say, he proclaimed her cult appropriate for the universal Church. The word is, she will be proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on October 7, 2012, which would be a cool Mass to attend. If so, she'll bring the number of lady doctors (so to speak) up to four, approximately 11% of the RC doctors.