December 20, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Apostles

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.


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