02/18/2021 – St Gertrude Comensoli

St Gertrude Comensoli died 120 years ago today. She is known for her love and fidelity to Eucharistic Adoration. Gertrude could not bear the thought of Jesus being alone for long hours in the tabernacle, waiting for someone to come to visit Him. To keep Jesus company and console Him for the great offenses and ingratitude He suffered, she devoted her life and founded an order of nuns devoted to perpetual Eucharisitc Adoration.

But unsurprisingly it was in the family rosary that she, as a very small child first encountered adoration of Jesus. “The first adoration began at the cave in Bethlehem. The Holy Virgin and Saint Joseph prostrated themselves for the first time before the Most Holy Humanity of the Incarnate Word”. By the age of five years old, she wrote in her diary that Jesus instilled in her heart, “a great desire to love Him much, and He kept teaching me what I had to do to please Him and be His own”.

In our busy fast paced world, many find the stillness and silence of Eucharistic adoration hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Like St Gertrude, start with the Rosary. Bring the beads before the Lord, praying the mysteries of His life in the rosary. When you do this, Jesus and Mary will help you enter into them more fully and in time, you will be better able to enter more deeply into adoration.

Courtesy of 1 in 10 Rosary Mission Ireland

Don’t forget – 9pm is Rosary for Ireland on Radio Maria