December 21, 2017

St. Gertrude and the Scandalous Friend

Once, there was a person known to St. Gertrude who refrained from taking Communion because of the talk it would elicit from those who thought she was too great a sinner. As St. Gertrude prayed for this person, she heard the Lord tell her that souls “become more agreeable to Me by their repentance and humility, but there are some who contradict My designs in this, by neglecting the interior beauty which I desire to see after their penance, thinking of the exterior, and of the judgment of men, and this they do, when they deprive themselves of the grace which they might receive in the Sacrament, from fear of scandalizing those who do not think them sufficiently prepared.”

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. 169.


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