Tuesday, the 32st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Gertrude the Great
Readings for today’s Mass
The contributions of many of the Greats are often within the realm of academics - theology and philosophy or in the area of doctrinal development. Today's Gertrude the Great, a 13th c. nun, was a mystic who achieved a great level of oneness with God thru personal prayer and contemplation. Mysticism can be thought of as the direct union of the human soul with the fullness of God. Gertrude's relationship with Christ as her bridegroom has become known as nuptial mysticism.
Mysticism comes from a deep and consistent prayer life. Not everyone can get there. But the celebration of the day is Gertrude the Great, not Gertrude the Mystic. To varying degrees, we are all called to some level of greatness. We are all endowed with seeds of greatness we nurture within our own prayer life. Through our pursuit of the right kind of greatness, we can all achieve union with God.
Spend some quiet time with yourself today and see if you might identify one aspect of yourself that might be destined for greatness. Once you find it, remember, it's a seed that needs to be nurtured.