Saints of the Day – Mechtilde

detail of a statue of Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn by Johann Georg Üblhör, date unknown; altar of Saint John of Nepomuk, monastery church, Engelhartszell, Upper Austria, Austria; photographed on 27 September 2015 by Wolfgang Sauber; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Died 1298; feast day formerly on November 19.

“When you awake in the morning, let your first act be to salute My Heart, and to offer Me your own. . . . Whoever shall breathe a sigh toward Me from the bottom of his heart when he awakes in the morning and shall ask Me to work all his works in him throughout the day, will draw Me to him . . . For never does a man breathe a sigh of longing aspiration toward Me without drawing Me nearer to him than I was before.” – Our Lord to Saint Mechtilde.

Saint Mechtilde, sister of abbess Gertrude of Hackeborn, was the mistress of novices of the Cistercian convent at Helfta Castle in Saxony. In this capacity she played an important role in the spiritual formation of Saint Gertrude the Great. Like her spiritual daughter, Mechtilde was blessed with many mystical experiences that were recorded by Saint Gertrude in the Book of Special Grace. Mechtilde and the younger Gertrude together wrote a series of prayers that became very popular (Benedictines, Delaney, Martindale).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2020. Web. 26 November 2020. <>