December 4, 2017

St. Gertrude and Her Humble Fall

St. Gertrude was at Mass. She was about to go forward and receive Holy Communion. She thought of Christ’s Passion and His descent into hell after His death. She tried to comprehend the expanse and depth of the humility that He had. She thought of, the Divine Himself, going down into sin, darkness, and death. She thought of what it must have been like for Him.

Suddenly, she found herself falling to the very lowermost parts of Purgatory. Still, she humbled herself even further. Then, she heard Jesus say to her, “I will draw you to Me in the Sacrament of the Altar in such a manner that you will draw after you all those who perceive the odor of your desire.”

She had united herself with the very Real Presence in the Eucharist once again.

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. 170.


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