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December 21, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Scandalous Friend

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Once, there was a person known to St. Gertrude who refrained from taking Communion because of the talk it would elicit from those who thought she was too great a sinner. As St. Gertrude prayed for this person, she heard the Lord tell her that souls “become more agreeable to Me by their repentance and humility, but there are some who contradict My designs in this, by neglecting the interior beauty which I desire to see after their penance, thinking of the exterior, and of the judgment of men, and this they do, when they deprive themselves of the grace which they might receive in the Sacrament, from fear of scandalizing those who do not think them sufficiently prepared.”

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 169.

December 20, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Apostles

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Once, before Communion, St. Gertrude felt herself negligent for not having offered thanks for the graces bestowed on St. Paul by the Lord. She prayed to Jesus to make up for her shortcoming and bestow thanks on him for her.

She then went to receive Communion. After doing so, she received a vision of sorts, in which she was seated on a throne, next to Christ. The Apostles came up and knelt before them. It seemed as if they received some increase in their own worth from her Communion.

This surprised Gertrude who thought that they would have received great benefit from receiving Communion as frequently as they did while on earth themselves. She was then told that the Saints take special delight in a soul when it receives the Blessed Sacrament with devotion and piety.

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 206-07.

December 19, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Crystal

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Once, St. Gertrude was about to receive Communion but was troubled. She was contemplating her own ingratitude and negligence in not having shown proper devotion toward the Mother of God and the Saints. She then was told, by the Lord, that He had provided reparation for this fault Himself, through his communicating Himself to her.

Gertrude was still distraught. She feared that, even though He had provided compensation for her earlier faults, she would commit new ones in the future. Then He told her that He would give Himself to her in the Blessed Sacrament so completely that it would correct not only all her past faults, but her future ones as well. He admonished her, however, that after she received the Eucharist, she had to preserve herself from any stain of sin.

Now a new worry occupied Gertrude. How would she be able to accomplish this? The Lord then told her that, while she may in fact experience some stain of sin, she was not to allow them to “remain long in you, but as soon as you perceive them say, with all the fervor of your heart: ‘Lord, have mercy on me!’ or, ‘Jesus Christ, Who are my only hope, grant that all my sins may be effaced by the merit of Your saving Death!’”

Gertrude then went up to receive the Eucharist. She then saw her own soul as clear as crystal, with the Divinity of Jesus Christ, Whom she had just received, encased inside, shining like gold.

As reported by her colleague, the meaning of this experience was understood to be that every spiritual loss can be repaired by receiving the Body of Christ with a worthy and sincere reverence.

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 206-07.

December 18, 2017

St. Gertrude and a Question on Routine

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Once. just before St. Gertrude was to receive Communion, she wondered about the difference between people who received the Eucharist more often than others, and thought that priests would receive greater since they took Communion every day.

She then heard the Lord tell her it was true that people who received Him more frequently here on earth would receive benefit from this in the next life, but He also warned against merely receiving the Blessed Sacrament out of routine, saying, “There will be one reward for him who has approached with desire and love, there will be another for him who is very diligent in his preparation. But those who habitually celebrate through custom only, shall have no share in My gifts.”

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 205.

December 17, 2017

Chastity’s Speech

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As a momentary departure from the lofty stories of St. Gertrude, today we offer something more down to earth. Previously on this site we have published a poem of dramatic beauty, written during adoration. Also, we have recounted how St. Eymard relied on Adoration before the Eucharist to help write his sermons. To those involved in these stories, there is real collaboration and aid that can be found before the Eucharist. They understand the Presence is much more than symbolic. To anyone who has difficulty trusting that ideas and writing can be framed better in the His Presence, the following story is offered as a further small corroboration.

Chastity was a student at Powers Catholic High School. Each year, they sent several representatives to Washington, D.C. for a public speaking competition. Chastity entered the competition as a sophomore and presented her speech. She was crestfallen. The judges told her she could try again next year, but she had do desire to do that.

Nonetheless, as the time arose, her mother suggested that she write another speech, this time in Holy Redeemer Chapel. They held perpetual adoration there and her mother told her, “You can write your speech before the Lord.”

Chastity went to the chapel, took over two pews in the rear and spread out her papers. Then, for the next four hours, she proceeded to write.

On their way home, Chastity’s mother told her, “Not to worry, you will be picked.” Chastity was skeptical, but her mother told her that she knew this was true, because Jesus had helped her.

Her mother was right. Chastity was picked this time. The experience helped Chastity, even at a young age, to understand the power of the Eucharist, and His concern for each one of us.

Source: Proctor, Sr. Patricia, OSC, 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, The Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 2004) p. 84.

December 16, 2017

St. Gertrude and St. James

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Once, it was the Feast of St. James the Great, the patron saint of pilgrims. His remains are believed to be buried in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and, for centuries it was, as it still is, a favorite place for pilgrims to visit. On this particular celebration of his feast day, St. Gertrude prayed to obtain remission of her sins through the merits of this Apostle. While she could not make a pilgrimage to his resting place in Spain, she did receive Holy Communion with this intention.

As soon as she received the Eucharist, she received a vision. She was seated at a table with the Lord Jesus, laid out with an array of grand foods. She then offered His Precious Body, which she had just received in Communion, to the Lord Himself, for the greater glory of this Saint. Then, St. James appeared, thanking Him for the favors he had received through the Blessed Sacrament and asking that he grant certain graces to Gertrude, in recompense for the great favor she had bestowed on him by making an offering the Blessed Sacrament in his honor.

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 413.

December 15, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Fearful Nun

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One time, St. Gertrude saw another nun approaching Communion in extreme fear. Gertrude reacted negatively to this, with feelings of indignation toward a person who would fear that person’s own Savior.

Gertrude then hear the voice of the Lord saying, “Do you not know that I am honored by reverence as well as by love? But as human weakness is not able to combine the two at one moment, and as all are members of one body, those who have less should take from those who have more. For example, let her who is more moved by the sweetness of My love think less of the duty of respect, and be thankful that another supplies for her deficiency.”

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 167-68.

December 14, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Crowd

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Once, St. Gertrude was present when Communion was being distributed to the people. Her wish was merely to catch a view of the Host. The crowd was so great, however, that she could not even do that.

Then, she heard the voice of Jesus saying, “A sweet secret shall be between us, which is unknown to those who absent themselves from Me, but you, if you would enjoy it, approach.” He then told her that while she would not see Him in the Host, she would still “taste and prove the sweetness of this hidden manna.”

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 167.

December 13, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Banquet

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Once, Gertrude gave thanks to God for being invited to His sacred Banquet. She asked, however, “what glory can accrue to Thy Divinity when I touch this Sacrament with my unworthy lips?” She heard Him tell her, “even as the love which we have for a friend makes us take pleasure in hearing him speak, so also the charity which I have for My elect makes Me sometimes find satisfaction in that in which they find none.”

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 167.

December 12, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Bell

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Once St. Gertrude heard the bell that called her to Communion. She did not feel, however, that she had worthily prepared herself to receive her Lord. She prayed to the Him, confessing her condition and inquiring why she had not been given the grace to present herself to Him with more devotion.

She then heard His voice telling her that “I prefer the virtue of humility to the grace of devotion.”

Source: St. Gertrude, and a religious of her monastery, The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 167.

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