by americancatholic.org | Source: americancatholic.org
Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta (Saxony), was one of the great mystics of the 13th century.
Together with her friend and teacher St. Mechtild, she practiced a spirituality called "nuptial
mysticism," that is, she came to see herself as the bride of Christ. Her spiritual life was a deeply
personal union with Jesus and his Sacred Heart, leading her into the very life of the
But this was no individualistic piety. Gertrude lived the rhythm of the liturgy, where she
found Christ. In the liturgy and in Scripture, she found the themes and images to enrich and express
her piety. There was no clash between her personal prayer life and the liturgy.
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