This great Benedictine saint wrote: ‘I understand that, each time we contemplate with desire and devotion the host in which is hidden Christ’s Eucharistic Body, we increase our merits in heaven and secure special joys to be ours later in the beatific vision of God’.

May we find time in our busy days to do just this – even if just for a short time – and ask St Gertrude’s prayer for us. May God bless you this day.