23. St. Gertrude of Nivelles.
by James C. Christensen
7 x 5.5


Gertrude was brought up in a religious household: her parents were dedicated Christians and her sister Begga is also a saint. After her father Pepin’s death in 640, Gertrude’s mother founded a monastery at Nivelles, now in Belgium. She prayed most ardently for sinners in Purgatory, and is often shown in art with mice, Christian symbols of souls in Purgatory. Because of this artistic identification she is also invoked against rats, mice and other vermin.
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