Friday, November 16, 2007

Always I Am Guided by the Spirit

Photo by Elisa Mary Pamelia, 2006

Yesterday I read in the blog Poetry, Prayer, and Praise a wonderful prayer for the souls in purgatory by St. Gertrude. To my surprise, this morning I opened my book of meditation for Pope John Paul II to find this . Today is the feast of "St. Gertrude, the Theologian of the Sacred Heart" and so if you will allow I will send this to you for reflection.

I wish you abundant heavenly favors in your commitment to preparing yourselves for the tasks awaiting you in life and accomplishment of good. . .a propitious occasion for living the Christian life intensely and opening the doors of your hearts to Christ.

I would particularly remind you of the great German mystic St. Gertrude (1256-1301). . .and she has rightly been described as 'the theologian of the Sacred Heart.' It is important indeed to know the personalities and spiritualities of our saints so as to be able to imitate them in the life of grace and testimony and to call upon them at moments of bewilderment and of temptation.

As St. Gertrude often recommended. I exhort you also to have always total trust in Jesus, or Redeemer and Friend, so as to be good. . .and worthy of esteem, making yourselves and those who love you happy.

I impart my blessing to all from my heart.

16 November 1983 from Insegnamenti di Giovanni Paolo II
And to this I say, "Thanks be to God."


  1. Total trust in Jesus....a wonderful thing to aspire to!

    Thank you.

  2. Sound advice indeed. I didn't know Gertrude was referred to as the theologian of the Sacred Heart.

  3. By the way, Gabrielle at Contemplative Haven and Lisa at Aeternus both have lovely posts on St Gertrude. Thanks, Grandmak, and God's blessings your way today.

  4. Mike, "aspire" that is a wonderful way to describe that. More of us should have "aspirations" and hope. THANK you!

  5. Veritas. Thank you for the site information. Will have to "travel" there. You are so gifted and informative.

  6. Thanks for your comment at my blog. I live just on the edge of London so I am in the centre in half an hour and it's also easy to get out into the countryside. I wouldn't have said I live in a beautiful place but I guess I always try to photograph the beautiful!

  7. I believe that whatever action I take in my life I am guided by my inner compass, which is where God's spirit resides.

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  8. Thank you for your insight. I had never thought of my soul as an inner compass, but in that context is can see that it is the Holy Spirit that give me life and "direction". Great!!!

  9. Thank you so much for this passage from JPII; so simple, gentle and encouraging.


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