December 22, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Sacrament of the Altar

Once, the Lord told St. Gertrude, “Know that I communicate Myself to you entirely in the Sacrament of the Altar, which after this life cannot be; and in this union there is more blessedness and delight than in any human love, for that is often vile and transitory; but the sweetness of this union ennobles and dignifies the soul.”

From this, the last segment this Advent featuring St. Gertrude, it almost sounds as if there is a level of union for her in this life that might be envied in the next. Does that not also give us pause, pause and wonder as to the magnitude of the gift also available to us in the Eucharist?

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. 526.


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