St Gertrude the Great was a Cistercian nun of the monastery of Helfta in Germany. She became widely known and valued for her mystical gifts and understanding of theology. Here is a prayer she wrote to the Sacred Heart: ‘O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary. O my adorable and loving Saviour, consume my heart with the burning fire with which Yours is inflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your love. Let my heart be united with Yours. Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things. May Your Will be the rule of all my desires and actions. Amen’.

You may wish to make this prayer your own this day. May St Gertrude pray for us all, and God bless you.