St Gertrude was born on the feast of the Epiphany, 6 January 1256, in Eisleben, Germany. Today, she is still remembered for her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

She wrote: ‘After I had received the Sacrament of Life I saw a ray of light, like an arrow, dart forth from the Sacred Wound in Thy right side on the crucifix. It advanced toward me and pierced my heart. Then Thou didst say to me, ‘May the full tide of thy affection rise to Me, so that all thy pleasure, thy hope, thy joy, thy grief, thy fear and every other feeling may be sustained by My love’.

Christ said to her: ‘Behold, I manifest to the gaze of thy soul My deified Heart, the harmonious instrument whose sweet tones ravish the Most Adorable Trinity. I give It to thee, and like a faithful, zealous servant, this Heart will be ready, at any moment, to repair thy defects and negligence . . . Make use of It and thy works will charm the eye and ear of the Divinity’.

May she pray for us, for the deepening of our own prayer and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and may God bless you today.