Monday, November 16, 2015

St. Gertrude the Great, ora pro nobis!

Interestingly, she is the only woman among the saints to be called "the Great': St. Gertrude the Great.

St. Gertrude the Great icon by Theophilia
Humble, always happy and smiling, with a loving heart for all, she sparkled with trust, joy and peace, and led everyone to the Lord. To her soul, Jesus was like a spring day, vibrant with life and scented with flowers: Love par excellence, the one overwhelming Love. This is why she is known on the one hand as the "Teresa of Germany" and on the other, the "theologian of the Sacred Heart".

One day, Jesus said to Gertrude: "It would be good to make known to men and women how they would benefit from remembering that I, the Son of God and of the Blessed Virgin Mary, always stand before God for the salvation of the human race, and that should they commit some sin through their weakness. I offer my unblemished Heart to the Father for them".
Sacred Heart of Jesus IIby Theophilia
During her long and painful illness, she decided to recount the "adventure" of her conversion and to tell of the wonderful revelations with which Jesus had favoured her: "Until the age of 25, I was a blind and insane woman... but you, Jesus, deigned to grant me the priceless familiarity of your friendship by opening to me in every way that most noble casket of your divinity, which is your divine Heart, and offering me in great abundance all your treasures contained in it".
Franz Ludwig Hermann 1723 -1791
St Gertrude the Great 1746-1755
Sculpture
Klosterkirche, Zwiefalten (South Germany)

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