Friends of the Rosary:
Today we read in the Gospel (Lk 17:20-25) how Christ Jesus responded to the Pharisees regarding the Kingdom of Heaven:
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”
Today, we also honor Saint Gertrude the Great (1256-1302), a Benedictine German nun and one of the great mystics of the Middle Ages.
She was favored by visions of our Lord and has left an account of them in her books The Herald of Divine Love, The Life and Revelations, and Spiritual Exercises.
St. Gertrude introduced the devotion to the Sacred Heart, which four centuries later, St. Margaret Mary spread throughout the Church.
She accepted the illness and pain of her final years in a spirit of personal sacrifice.