Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:4)
On This Date…
On August 13, 1297, Sister Gertrude, O.Praem., a Norbertine nun, died at age 69. As abbess of the convent, she led her community in Altenberg, Germany for nearly 50 years, having been chosen for the leadership role at age 21.
Sister Gertrude’s father had died en route to fight in the Sixth Crusade, and she was only four years old when her mother Elizabeth died at age 24. Her mother was canonized a saint four years later. Gertrude attended the ceremony.
Sister Gertrude was devoted to the poor and the sick. She spent her family’s inheritance for the building of her monastery’s church.
Pope Benedict XIII approved devotion to Blessed Gertrude in 1728.
On August 13, 1932, Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., arrived at Archmere. He was the second member of the first faculty to arrive. Father Hurley became Archmere’s second headmaster in 1936, serving until he became ill in November 1945. He died in Wisconsin on September 25, 1963, at age 67.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus says to his disciples, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
As exemplars of great humility, Blessed Gertrude and Father Hurley urge us to this same greatness.
– Father McLaughlin