December 12, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Bell

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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