December 1, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Frost

As people walked into church, they had a fear. Their plantings were being threatened by a severe frost and the ice that had accompanied it. To make matters worse, while in church, a hail fell. As they left the church, the ice had thawed and the hail had stopped. People marveled at the sudden reversal. They did not know what had taken place inside.

During the Mass, Gertrude had prayed for relief. As she was about to step forward to receive Communion, the Lord assured her that her request had been granted. Emboldened, she also asked for the hail to immediately cease. It did, but she was so absorbed in her prayer that she did not realize it. Only as she left the church did she remember her request and the kindness that had been received.

Many then feared that the change was only temporary and that the cold would return. But it did not. The crops were spared and famine was averted.

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. 243.


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