StGertrude 1896.Wiki

Gertrude, born in Thuringia, joined the convent at Hackeborn at an early age, and was assigned to the care of St. Mechthilde, today’s other saint. She was highly educated at the monastic school, became fluent in Latin and was the author of several books by young adulthood. At age 25 she received a vision which transformed her from secular scholar to student of theology. She devoted herself to prayer and meditation, and began to write treatises on spirituality for the other nuns. She became devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and with her mentor Mechthilde practiced “nuptial mysticism,” in which they saw themselves as the bride of Christ. (iconographer unknown)

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