My essay about Gertrude the Great is up at the Living Lutheran site. Go here to read it.
She is not one of the better known medieval monastics; Hildegarde of Bingen probably takes that title, especially since she's got a whole Pandora station named after her.
Still, there are aspects of Gertrude the Great's life that speak to me: plenty of reasons to celebrate her feast day on November 16.
Here are some quotes to whet your appetite:
"We know that she began writing for the benefit of her sisters in the abbey. I like to think of her as a blogger of her time. She wrote for a small audience, but it was important to her, and she kept doing it."
"Because she was present for her writing practice, she was graced with a series of visions."
"She's associated with souls in purgatory, and I know that most Lutherans haven’t spent much time thinking about purgatory. Yet the older I get, the more the idea of purgatory makes sense to me. Not the after-death purgatory – but the kinds of limbo in which we might find ourselves mired."
"Perhaps our own purgatories have similar gifts to offer, if we can change our perspective."
feeling the feelings…
6 months ago