December 16, 2017

St. Gertrude and St. James

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.


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