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Friday, November 16, 2007

Saint Margaret of Scotland & St. Gertrude of Helfta

St. Margaret lived in the 11th century and was married to Malcolm, King of Scotland and had eight children. She was known for her personal piety, her love of the poor and care for orphans. She was canonized in 1250 and is patron saint of Scotland. She also helped Church reforms in Scotland.

St. Gertrude the Great was one of the three famous mystics at Helfta, a Benedictine monastery in Saxony. Gertrude had been left there by her parents when only five. She became a nun, and had many spiritual and intellectual gifts. She was one of the early advocates of devotion to the Sacred Heart. Her mysticism instructed her about the efficacy of a holy life lived for others. She lived from 1256 to 1302 and was not formally canonized, but is considered a saint!

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