Benedictine nun, Saint Mechtilde
is one of the greatest figures in the life of the Church in the Middle Ages.
Mechtilde was born in 1241 into a powerful family in Hackeborn in Saxony. From the age of seven, she joined her sister, Gertrude of Hackeborn at the Benedictine monastery of Rodersdorf, in the diocese of Halberstadt.
After having received an important intellectual training, Mechtilde became a teacher and responsible for young students. This is how she took in, in 1261, an orphan girl aged five who would become Saint Gertrude of Helfta. It is thanks to the latter that the deep mystical life of Saint Mechtilde was known. She then became the director of the monastery school, then director of the choir and mistress of novices.
Mechtilde is distinguished by her humility, her fervor, her kindness, the transparency and innocence of her life, the familiarity and intensity with which she lives her relationship with God, the Virgin and the saints.
In the "Books of Special Graces", written by the one who will be Saint Gertrude, she presents with precision the force and the holiness of the recitation of the three Ave. She is, in a way, one of the first propagandists of the devotion to the three Hail Marys.
Adorned by the Most Holy Trinity with unique and exceptional favors and graces, the Mother of God is greeted in this devotion, in a singular way which reflects in adoration of the three times holy God.
Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn entrusts us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Virgin. She invites us to praise the Son with the Heart of his Mother and to praise Mary with the Heart of the Son.