by a Religious of the Order of Poor Clares,
"St. Gertrude, in the most extensive sense, was a daughter of the cloister. Officium and sacrificium, the Scriptures and the Liturgy, are the two wings by which pure souls fly to God in monastic life. The Missal and the Breviary are the two fountains of liturgical devotion from which they may draw the pure waters of life. These waters and those wings were well understood and appreciated in the Middle Ages; and in the sixty thousand convents which sent up praise to God, sicut incensum in conspectu ejus, during the lifetime of St. Gertrude, there was not one being who more fully grasped these two means of perfection, or turned them to greater advantage, than our Saint. Through them she became the grosse Aebtissinn; through them, directed by the tender, loving spirit of the Rule, she became the most perfect and striking exponent of the spirit of St. Benedict that can be found in the lives of the Saints of God."Download the book, "The Life and Revelations of Saint Gertrude"
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CHAPTER I. PAGE 1.
The Saint's birth and parentage--Her early dedication to God--Intellectual gifts--Divine communications concerning her sanctity-- Our Lord declares that He finds rest and repose in her heart-- Desires a holy person to seek Him there.
CHAPTER II. PAGE 11.
St. Gertrude predicts the election of Adolphus of Nassau--Quiets the fears of the sisters, who expect to suffer a temporal loss--Her election as Abbess--Removal to Heldelfs--Revelations of her sanctity-- Our Lord appears to her, bearing the house of religion--Her gene rosity of spirit.
CHAPTER III. PAGE 20.
The Saint obtains favourable weather--Miracles mentioned in her Office --Union of her will with God's--Counsels others --Desired to write her revelations--Her sanctity revealed to St. Mechtilde.
CHAPTER IV. PAGE 29.
She asks St. Mechtilde to pray for her--Our Lord is pleased with her patience and mildness--He declares that He dwells in her; and hides her imperfections.
CHAPTER V. PAGE 32.
The Saint as Abbess--Tenderness towards others--Care of the sick-- Her last illness--Value of suffering--She is forbidden to resign her office--Our Lord accepts as done to Himself what is done for her St. Lebuin.
CHAPTER VI. PAGE 41.
Her dying words--Devotion to the Divine Office--Tenderness to her spiritual children--Our Lord appears to her in her agony--Promises to receive her as He received His Blessed Mother--Angels call her to paradise.
CHAPTER VII. PAGE 45.
Her death--Of her eternal joys--Our Lord consoles her religious-- Revelations of her sanctity--Prays that her religious may be com forted at her tomb--Her obsequies--Our Lord blesses her tomb.
CHAPTER VIII. PAGE 52.
Favours granted at the interment of the Saint--Souls released through her intercession--How our Lord gathered a lily--Of fear in the last agony--Purgatory in sickness--Efficacy of prayers for the dead.
CHAPTER IX. PAGE 56.
Happy death of another religious--Our Lord specially rewards her charity to others--Purgatory in sickness--How our Lord purified a dying religious--Efficacy of prayers for the departed--Of Masses for the dead--Reward of fervour when suffering.
CHAPTER X. PAGE 60.
St. Gertrude not formally canonised--History of her cultus--Benedict XIV.--Her Office approved--Name inserted in Martyrology--Lans pergius--His History--Preface to Insinuationes--Plea for the female sex--Conclusion.
CHAPTER I. PAGE 71.
The Saint's thanksgiving to God for the first grace vouchsafed to her, by which her mind was withdrawn from earthly things and united to Him.
CHAPTER II. PAGE 74.
How the grace of God illuminated her interiorly.
CHAPTER III. PAGE 75.
Of the pleasure which God took in making His abode in the soul of Gertrude.
CHAPTER IV. PAGE 79.
Of the stigmatas imprinted in the heart of Gertrude, and her exercises in honour of the Five Wounds.
CHAPTER V. PAGE 82.
Of the Wound of Divine Love; and of the manner of bathing, anointing, and binding it up.
CHAPTER VI. PAGE 85.
Of the intimate union of the Infant Jesus with her heart.
CHAPTER VII. PAGE 88.
The Divinity is imprinted upon the soul of Gertrude as a seal upon wax.
CHAPTER VIII. PAGE 86.
Of the admirable union of her soul with God.
CHAPTER IX. PAGE 90.
Of another admirable manner in which St. Gertrude was closely united to God.
CHAPTER X. PAGE 92.
How the Lord obliged her to write these things; and how He illuminated her.
CHAPTER XI. PAGE 94.
She receives the gift of tears, and is warned of the snares which the demon has laid for her.
CHAPTER XII. PAGE 96.
With how much goodness God bears our faults.
CHAPTER XIII. PAGE 97.
Of the necessity of exact vigilance over the senses and affections.
CHAPTER XIV. PAGE 99.
Different exercises by which the soul is purified.
CHAPTER XV. PAGE 100.
How agreeable works of charity are to God; and also meditations on holy things.
CHAPTER XVI. PAGE 102.
Of the inconceivable tenderness which the most glorious Virgin has for us.
CHAPTER XVII. PAGE 104.
Of the garments with which we should clothe Jesus and His Mother.
CHAPTER XVIII. PAGE 106.
How God bears with our defects--Instruction on humility.
CHAPTER XIX. PAGE 107.
How God is pleased to condescend to His creatures; and what glory God derives thence from the blessed.
CHAPTER XX. PAGE 109.
Of some considerable privileges which God granted to this Virgin, and of the grace which He promised to her clients.
CHAPTER XXI. PAGE 114.
Thanksgivings for the confirmation of the aforesaid favours.
CHAPTER XXII. PAGE 116.
How St. Gertrude was admitted to the vision of God--Of the kiss of peace, and other similar favours.
CHAPTER XXIII. PAGE 119.
Recapitulation of the gifts already mentioned--The Saint complains of her infirmity and ingratitude.
CHAPTER XXIV. Page 128.
Conclusion of this Book.
CHAPTER I. PAGE 131.
Our Lord gives His Blessed Mother to St. Gertrude to be her mother, in order that she may have recourse to her in all her afflictions.
CHAPTER II. PAGE 132.
Adversity is the spiritual ring with which the soul is betrothed to God.
CHAPTER III. PAGE 133.
Human consolation weakens that which is Divine.
CHAPTER IV. PAGE 134.
How vile and despicable are all transitory pleasures.
CHAPTER V. PAGE 137.
The perfect resignation of St. Gertrude into the hands of God in all adversities, and what merit she acquired thereby.
CHAPTER VI. PAGE. 138.
The cooperation of the faithful soul at the Holy Sacrifice--Five favours on which the Saint was desired to meditate, when unable to assist at it.
CHAPTER VII. PAGE 140.
With what confidence we should have recourse to God in all our needs and temptations.
CHAPTER VIII. PAGE 141.
Of the efficacy of prayers for others.
CHAPTER IX. PAGE 145.
Of the admirable effects of Communion, and that we should not lightly abstain from It, even for our unworthiness.
CHAPTER X. PAGE 147.
The indulgence which our Lord granted to St. Gertrude--Her ardent desire to be comformed in all things to the will of God.
CHAPTER XI. PAGE 149.
How the soul may seek God, and transfigure itself into Him, in four ways.
CHAPTER XII. PAGE 151.
Reparation for the fall of a Host, which it was feared had been consecrated.
CHAPTER XIII. PAGE 152.
Of the value and efficacy of Confession--How we should conquer the difficulties we feel in approaching the Sacrament of Penance.
CHAFTER XIV. PAGE 155.
The different effects of charity are explained by the comparison of a tree covered with leaves, flowers, and fruit.
CHAPTER XV. PAGE 157.
How afflictions unite the soul to Jesus Christ; and of the effect of an unjust excommunication.
CHAPTER XVI. PAGE 161.
A vision in which St. Gertrude beheld our Lord communicating the sisters.
CHAPTER XVII. PAGE 165.
How we should prepare ourselves to receive the Body of Jesus Christ-- Different exercises of piety which St. Gertrude practised towards this august Sacrament.
CHAPTER XVIII. PAGE 177.
The devotion of St. Gertrude to the Mother of God--She is taught to invoke her as the white lily of the adorable Trinity, and the ver milion rose of heaven.
CHAPTER XIX. PAGE 179.
How the praises offered to the Saints may be referred to God.
CHAPTER XX. PAGE 180.
How God desires to be sought for by the soul that loves Him; and how He loves us when we suffer.
CHAPTER XXI. PAGE 181.
The Saint receives a triple absolution and benediction from the Blessed Trinity, through the merits of Jesus Christ.
CHAPTER XXII. PAGE 182.
Favours granted to the Saint during the recital of the Divine Office.
CHAPTER XXIII. PAGE 184.
Of the abundant virtue which flows from the Heart of Jesus into the faithful soul.
CHAPTER XXIV. PAGE 186.
Of the sepulchre of Jesus Christ in the faithful soul, and how to make a spiritual cloister in the Body and Heart of Jesus.
CHAPTER XXV. PAGE 188.
Of the union of the soul with Jesus Christ, and how she is prepared, by the merits of the saints, to be an agreeable abode for her God.
CHAPTER XXVI. PAGE 189.
Of the merit of a good-will, and instructions on some words of the Divine Office.
CHAPTER XXVII. PAGE 207.
Why God is pleased by images of Jesus crucified.
CHAPTER XXVIII. PAGE 208.
Of spiritual thirst for God, and of the utility of sufferings.
CHAPTER XXIX. PAGE 210.
How insidious are the snares of the demon, and especially when we chant.
CHAPTER XXX. PAGE 211.
That our prayers are certainly heard, even though we do not perceive their effect; and how to supply for our unworthiness in approaching Holy Communion through the merits of Jesus Christ and His saints.
CHAPTER XXXI. PAGE 213.
Of the advantages of frequent Communion, and of receiving the holy Viaticum.
CHAPTER XXXII. PAGE 214.
How God corrects the past negligences of a soul who loves Him, and remedies those which may occur in future.
CHAPTER XXXIII. PAGE 216.
Of the value and importance of spiritual Communion.
CHAPTER XXXIV. PAGE 218.
Of the utility of meditating on the Passion of our Lord, and how He offers Himself to the Eternal Father in satisfaction for our sins.
CHAPTER XXXV. PAGE 221.
Of the bundle of myrrh, and how we should practise patience in adversity, according to the example of Christ.
CHAPTER XXXVI. PAGE 223.
That devotion to the Passion of our Lord promotes union with God.
CHAPTER XXXVII. PAGE 225.
Of the nails of sweet-smelling cloves which the Saint, moved by love, put into the wounds of the crucifix instead of the iron nails, and of the gratitude which our Lord testified for this.
CHAPTER XXXVIII. PAGE 227.
How we may remember the Passion of Christ, and proclaim the praises of the Virgin Mother of God, in reciting the Seven Canonical Hours.
CHAPTER XXXIX. PAGE 230.
That we should give some token of our love to God after exterior occupations.
CHAPTER XL. PAGE 231.
Of the effects of prayer in adversity.
CHAPTER XLI. PAGE 233.
Prayer composed by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, which He promised to hear favourably.
CHAPTER XLII. PAGE 234.
How the just delight in God, and how God takes pleasure in them, especially when they commit all their good desires to Him.
CHAPTER XLIII. PAGE 236.
Of two pulsations of the Heart of Jesus.
CHAPTER XLIV. PAGE 237.
Of the manner in which we should ask our Lord for rest or sleep.
CHAPTER XLV. PAGE 239.
Of perfect resignation of ourselves to the Divine will.
CHAPTER XLVI. PAGE 240.
Of the sensible pleasure which the soul finds in God.
CHAPTER XLVII. PAGE 241.
Of the languor caused by Divine love.
CHAPTER XLVIII. PAGE 243.
That the faithful soul ought to abandon herself to the will of God, for life and death.
CHAPTER XLIX. PAGE 244.
Of the benefit we may derive from our faults.
CHAPTER L. PAGE 246.
Of the renewal of the Seven Sacraments in her soul, and of fraternal charity.
CHAPTER LI. PAGE 248.
Of the fidelity which we must only expect to find in God, and of the grace of patience.
CHAPTER LII. PAGE 250.
The value of a good-will.
CHAPTER LIII. PAGE 253.
How we may profit by the merit of others.
CHAPTER LIV. PAGE 254.
Prayer composed by the Saint.
CHAPTER LV. PAGE 257.
Our Lord shows her His Heart.
CHAPTER LVI. PAGE 257.
Of charity towards an erring brother.
CHAPTER LVII. PAGE 259.
That the care of temporal affairs and exterior duties may be acceptable to God.
CHAPTER LVIII. PAGE 262.
Of the merit of patience.
CHAPTER LIX. PAGE 264.
Of the aversion which God has for impatience--And how agreeable it is to Him that we should return thanks for His benefits.
CHAPTER LX. PAGE 266.
That God is pleased with us when we are displeased with ourselves.
CHAPTER LXI. PAGE 267.
Of the effect of prayers for others.
CHAPTER LXII. PAGE 270.
Instructions for different persons in different states of life.
CHAPTER LXIII. PAGE 278. That the Church is figured by the members of Jesus Christ--How we must act towards those members which are deceased, and in regard to our Superior. CHAPTER LXIV. PAGE 281.
On the spiritual participation of merits.
CHAPTER LXV. PAGE 283.
Of the utility of temptation.
CHAPTER LXVI. PAGE 283.
That frequent Communion is agreeable to God.
CHAPTER LXVII. PAGE 284.
Of the right manner of exercising zeal.
CHAPTER LXVIII. PAGE 285.
That we do not always receive the fruit of our prayers immediately.
CHAPTER LXIX. PAGE 286.
The value of exact obedience.
CHAPTER LXX. PAGE 287.
Instructions on different subjects.
CHAPTER LXXI. PAGE 290.
Of the loss of friends; and how we should offer our trials to God.
CHAPTER LXXII. PAGE 291.
Instructions on various subjects.
CHAPTER I. PAGE 295.
With what devotion we ought to prepare ourselves for festivals Advantages of recommending ourselves to the prayers of others-- Our enjoyment of God corresponds to our desires and our capacity to receive it.
CHAPTER II. PAGE 297.
Instructions for celebrating the Feast of the Nativity.
CHAPTER III. PAGE 308.
For the Feast of the Nativity--Apparition of the Infant Jesus and His Blessed Mother.
CHAPTER IV. PAGE 313.
For the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. His virtues, and the manner of imitating his purity.
CHAPTER V. PAGE 322.
For the Feast of the Circumcision. Of the holy name of Jesus; and the renewal of our good intentions at the commencement of the new year.
CHAPTER VI. PAGE 326.
For the Feast of the Epiphany. Of the oblations which are acceptable to God.
CHAPTER VII. PAGE 329.
For the Second Sunday after Epiphany. St. Gertrude receives absolution from our Divine Lord--Instructions for Holy Communion.
CHAPTER VIII. PAGE 332.
For the Feast of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. Apparition of St. Agnes--Virtue of the words which she uttered at her death.
CHAPTER IX. PAGE 334.
For the Feast of the Purification.
CHAPTER X. PAGE 338.
For Septuagesima Sunday. Instruction concerning receiving and abstaining from the Holy Communion.
CHAPTER XI. PAGE 341.
For Sexagesima. Instruction on Noah's ark; a mystical day therein.
CHAPTER XII. PAGE 345.
For the Saturday before Quinquagesima. Devotions for the time of the Carnival--Of the value and efficacy of suffering.
CHAPTER XIII. PAGE 350.
For Quinquagesima (continued). How acceptable good works are to our Lord during the three days of the Carnival; and how such works obtain merit by union with the Passion cf Christ.
CHAPTER XIV. PAGE 353.
Instruction for the First Sunday of Lent. How the soul is purified and embellished by the merits of Jesus Christ.
CHAPTER XV. PAGE 356.
For the Monday after the First Sunday of Lent. Of the true manner of spiritually performing the corporal works of mercy.
CHAPTER XVI. PAGE 357.
For the Second Sunday in Lent. Of the oblation of the merits of Jesus Christ for the sins of the Church.
CHAPTER XVII. PAGE 359.
For the Third Sunday of Lent. How we may obtain a share in the merits of the Life of Jesus Christ.
CHAPTER XVIII. PAGE 360. For the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The Saint is instructed how to atone for the sins of the Church. CHAPTER XIX. PAGE 363.
For the Feast of St. Gregory, Pope. Of the glory and prerogatives of St. Gregory, and the recompense reserved for this Doctor of the Church.
CHAPTER XX. PAGE 365.
For the Feast of the glorious St. Benedict. The beatitude and glory of this Saint shown to St. Gertrude--The particular recompense reserved for those who observe regular discipline faithfully.
CHAPTER XXI. PAGE 368.
For the Vigil and Feast of the Annunciation. Exercises of devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
CHAPTER XXII. PAGE 373.
For Passion Sunday. Exercises of devotion for that day.
CHAPTER XXIII. PAGE 375.
For Palm Sunday. Of spiritual Communion, and other exercises for this holy day.
CHAPTER XXIV. PAGE 383.
For Wednesday in Holy Week.
CHAPTER XXV. PAGE 384.
For Holy Thursday. Of offering the merits of Jesus Christ, to obtain pardon for the sins of the Church--Of His love in the adorable Sacrament of the Altar.
CHAPTER XXVI. PAGE 389.
For Good Friday. The Saint is favoured with a rapture--Exercises on the Passion of our Lord.
CHAPTER XXVII. PAGE 394.
For Easter Sunday. How the souls are freed from their pains--Of a good--will--How to praise God in the Alleluia.
CHAPTER XXVIII. PAGE 397.
For Easter Monday. That God takes an exact account of our merits; and how they are enriched by the merits of Christ.
CHAPTER XXIX. PAGE 398.
For Easter Tuesday. Of the renewal of spiritual espousals.
CHAPTER XXX. PAGE 399.
For Easter Wednesday. That we can do nothing good without the Divine assistance.
CHAPTER XXXI. PAGE 400.
For Thursday in Easter Week. Of offering our actions to God.
CHAPTER XXXII. PAGE 401.
For Low Sunday. How we should dispose ourselves to receive the Holy Ghost.
CHAPTER XXXIII. PAGE 402.
For the Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist. Of the Litanies, and invocation of Saints.
CHAPTER XXXIV. PAGE 403.
For the Feast of St. John before the Latin Gate. Of the sweet memory of St. John--How imperfections of which we forget to accuse ourselves in confession are pardoned by God.
CHAPTER XXXV. PAGE 405.
For the Ascension. The manner of saluting our Lord's Five Wounds.
CHAPTER XXXVI. PAGE 406.
For the Sunday before Ascension Thursday. Of the merit of condescension and compassion for the infirm--And how we should desire contempt.
CHAPTER XXXVII. PAGE 409.
For the Rogation Days. How we should pray for the just, for sinners, and for the souls in purgatory.
CHAPTER XXXVIII. PAGE 410.
for Ascension day. Of the renunciation of our own will--And certain exercises of piety for this Festival.
CHAPTER XXXIX. PAGE 413.
For the Sunday after Ascension. How to prepare ourselves worthily to receive the Holy Ghost.
CHAPTER XL. PAGE 414.
For the Vigil and Feast of Pentecost. Of the gifts of the Holy Ghost--And other exercises for this day.
CHAPTER XLI. PAGE 419.
For Monday in Whitsun Week. How the oblation of the Sacred Host supplies for our deficiencies-- Exercises for the Agnus Dei.
CHAPTER XLII. PAGE 420.
For the Tuesday in Whitsun Week. How the Sacred Host supplies for all our negligences, and how the Holy Spirit unites Himself in Communion to holy souls.
CHAPTER XLIII. PAGE 421.
For the Feast of the Blessed Trinity. How we may glorify the Most Holy Trinity by our Lord Jesus Christ-- And what obstacles human affections place to our advancement.
CHAPTER XLIV. PAGE 423.
For the Feast of St. John Baptist. Apparition of the Saint--Effects of his intercession.
CHAPTER XLV. PAGE 425.
For the Feast of the Holy Apostles SS. Peter and Paul. How we may feed Christ's sheep spiritually--Of the intercession of the Apostles--And the fruit of Holy Communion.
CHAPTER XLVI. PAGE 427.
For the Feast of St. Margaret, Virgin and Martyr. The glory of this Saint, and of the recompense which God reserves for the least good action.
CHAPTER XLVII. PAGE 428.
For the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen. Of true penance and good-will.
CHAPTER XLVIII. PAGE 430.
For the Feast of St. James. Advantages of the pilgrimage to Compostella--And how we may honour the Saints by Communion.
CHAPTER XLIX. PAGE 432.
For the Vigil and Feast of the Assumption. Of the manner of honouring and saluting the Blessed Virgin.
CHAPTER L. PAGE 446.
For the Feast of St. Bernard. The merit and glory of this Saint.
CHAPTER LI. PAGE 449.
For the Feast of St. Augustine. Of the glory and virtue of this Saint--Of the merits of St. Francis and St. Dominic.
CHAPTER LII. PAGE 453.
For the Festival of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. Exercises for celebrating this Feast devoutly--How powerfully the Blessed Virgin protects those who invoke her; and how we may supply for our negligences in her service.
CHAPTER LIII. PAGE 459.
For the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Of the exaltation of the Cross--Of the love of enemies--Of the observance of the regular fast--Of the true relics of Jesus Christ.
CHAPTER LIV. PAGE 462.
For the Feast of St. Michael. Of the faithful care which the angels have of us, and how we should honour them.
CHAPTER LV. PAGE 464.
For the Feast of the Eleven Thousand Virgins. Of the fruits of thanksgiving--That God requires us to fructify His gifts--And of the Response Regnum mundi.
CHAPTER LVI. PAGE 467.
For the Feast of All Saints. Of the different orders of the Church Militant--How to honour the saints by thanksgivings, that we may participate in their merits.
CHAPTER LVII. PAGE 470.
For the Feast of St. Elizabeth. How pleasing it is to the saints that we should praise God on their account.
CHAPTER LVIII. PAGE 470.
For the Feast of St. Catherine. Of the patronage and merits of this Saint.
CHAPTER LIX. PAGE 471.
For the Dedication of a Church.
CHAPTER LX. PAGE 475.
For the Dedication of a Chapel. Of the presence and grace of God in holy places--And how the angels supply for our obligation of praising God.
CHAPTER LXI. PAGE 478.
Of a marvellous vision, in which the Saint beheld our Lord celebrating Mass.
CHAPTER I. PAGE 487. How St. Mechtilde prepared for death, and received extreme unction.
CHAPTER II. PAGE 496.
Of the happy death of St. Mechtilde, and her reward in heaven--Of the merits and intercession of the saints--And how to offer the Five Wounds of Christ to supply for our defects.
CHAPTER III. PAGE 502.
Of the precious death of Sisters M. and L.--Of the exact account taken in purgatory of their faults, and of the reward of their merits.
CHAPTER IV. PAGE 505.
How a disobedience was expiated by an illness.
CHAPTER V. PAGE 507.
Of the happy death of Sister M.--The approbation of these Revelations --And the favours promised through her merits.
CHAPTER VI. PAGE 510.
Of the agony and death of M. B., and of her blessed soul--How salutary it is to assist the souls in purgatory.
CHAPTER VII. PAGE 512.
How the souls of G. and B. were purified for neglecting confession, and for taking pleasure in earthly things.
CHAPTER VIII. PAGE 515.
Of Sister G.'s happy preparation for death--Her fervent desires, and her glory.
CHAPTER IX. PAGE 518.
The rewards which Brother S. received for his fidelity and benevolence.
CHAPTER X. PAGE 519.
How Brother Hermann suffered for obstinacy--And of the assistance which may be obtained in the other life by the prayers of the saints and the faithful.
CHAPTER XI. PAGE 522.
How Brother John was rewarded for his labours and punished for his faults.
CHAPTER XII. PAGE 523.
How the soul of Brother The: was released by prayers in honour of the Five Wounds.
CHAPTER XIII. PAGE 525.
What Brother F. suffered for indolence and want of submission--The efficacy of fervent prayer.
CHAPTER XIV. PAGE 526.
Those who have persevered long in sin are not easily benefited by the prayers of the Church, and are liberated with difficulty.
CHAPTER XV. PAGE 528.
Of the oblation of the Host--And of prayers for the souls of deceased parents.
CHAPTER XVI. PAGE 530.
Of the effect of the Great Psalter--Of the zeal of Christ for the salvation of souls--And how willing He is to hear the prayers of those who love Him.
CHAPTER XVII. PAGE 532.
Of the severe sufferings of a soldier--And the efficacy of the Great Psalter.
CHAPTER XVIII. PAGE 534.
Explanation of the Great Psalter, and of the Seven Masses of St. Gregory.
CHAPTER XIX. PAGE 539.
The reward of praying for the dead--And the punishment of disobedience and detractions.
CHAPTER XX. PAGE 542.
Of the ardent desire of death which our Lord enkindled in the soul of Gertrude.
CHAPTER XXI. PAGE 543.
How Gertrude prayed for death.
CHAPTER XXII. PAGE 544.
Of the wounds of Divine love with which the Saint was transfixed.
CHAPTER XXIII. PAGE 545.
Our preparations for death are not forgotten before God.
CHAPTER XXIV. PAGE 546.
Exercises in preparation for death--And devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
CHAPTER XXV. PAGE 552.
How our Lord Jesus and all the saints console the souls of the just in their last moments--And with what love our Lord communicates Himself to His elect in the Sacrament of the Altar.
CHAPTER XXVI. PAGE 555.
Of the sweet repose which the Saint enjoyed; and how she satisfied for her negligences.
CHAPTER XXVII. PAGE 559.
How the Saint supplied for her negligences in the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
CHAPTER XXVIII. PAGE 560.
How Gertrude prepared for death.
CHAPTER XXIX. PAGE 563.
How our Lord authorised this work.
CHAPTER XXX. PAGE 564.
Oblation of this work to the Divine glory--Conclusion.