Today, we celebrate two memorable female saints; Saint Gertrude, Virgin, and Saint Margaret of Scotland.
Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta, Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Together with her friend and teacher Saint 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 Trinity.
Saint Gertrude’s life reminds us that the heart of the Christian life is prayer: private and liturgical, ordinary or mystical, but always personal.
Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to be herself. For her, that meant freedom to love God and serve others.
She was an English princess and a Scottish queen. Margaret was sometimes called "The Pearl of Scotland".
Margaret tried to improve her adopted country by promoting the arts and education. For religious reform, she encouraged synods and was present for the discussions which tried to correct religious abuses common among priests and laypeople, such as simony, usury, and incestuous marriages. With her husband, she founded several churches.
She was always surrounded by beggars in public and never refused them. It is recorded that she never sat down to eat without first feeding nine orphans and 24 adults.
Saint Francis de Sales wrote that the knowledge of the priest is the eighth Sacrament of the Church. If that is true, then today’s saint was a sacrament unto himself. There was little that Saint Albert did not know and little that he did not teach. His mastery of all the branches of knowledge of his age was so manifest that he was called “The Great” and the “Universal Doctor.”
Albert was a scientist, philosopher, astrologer, theologian, spiritual writer, ecumenist, and diplomat. Albert was beatified in 1622. He was canonized and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 December 1931 by Pope Pius XI and the patron saint of natural scientists in 1941. St. Albert's feast day is November 15.
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Saint of the day.
Saint Peter Claver, priest.
The patron saint of slaves and the Republic of Colombia was born on June 26, 1580, in Verdu (Catalonia, Spain).
Saint Peter Claver was a Jesuit priest and missionary who spent most of his ministerial years in the New Kingdom of Granada. He was said to have personally baptised approximately 300,000 people (in groups of 10 ) and heard confessions for over 5,000 slaves per year. He would then follow up on them to ensure that as Christians they received their Christian and civil rights.
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