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Happy Saint Gertrude’s Day

Seriously. Especially if you love cats!

By Dana StewartPublished 7 days ago 1 min read
Saint Gertrude saving a house on fire mural of the Crosier (image from Wikipedia)

Nivelles hails a Saint adopted

Feast Day with Patrick is co-opted

No banished snakes or green beer

Feline lovers would cheer

The tale of Saint Gertrude is not concocted


March 17th is the feast day of another special saint, who is almost always overlooked by the history books. Her name is Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, the Patron Saint of cats! Born in 628, she was a nun and Roman Catholics formally declared a feast day for her in 1677 by Pope Clement XII.

In the 1980’s, Gertrude admirers made the leap from associating Saint Gertrude from rodent banisher to the protector of cats, since cats hate mice too. Each fall, Nivelles, Belgium holds Le Tour Sainte-Gertrude, a parade around the city that draws many pilgrims and features a mass in honor of St. Gertrude and her good works.

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Dana Stewart

Soup lover proudly owned by fluffy little lap dogs. Likes: sunsets, chocolate, witty replies, and good hair days. Dislikes: Mean people and flan. Hit that subscribe button.

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  • aly suhailabout 12 hours ago

    when history and poem collaborates .

  • Mary Haynes3 days ago

    Thanks for elevating St. Gertrude! My boat cat, Bella approves!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story ✨💯👍😉

  • I'm glad I found this gem among all the stuff about that other saint. I do know about Saint Gertrude, although I have learnt more here. I intend to include her in my own series of saints.

  • Alix A. Haygood5 days ago

    of the most well-known bus service providers in North America. which offers services in partnership with many churches and non-profit organizations. https://usa-grant.com/free-greyhound-bus-tickets-for-homeless/

  • Em Starrrrr6 days ago

    An educational limerick! Excellent! Well done and congrats on your Top Story, Dana. :)

  • Lori Melton6 days ago

    Great work - and super interesting, as a diehard cat lover myself! Congrats on Top Story, Dana! <3

  • KJ Aartila6 days ago

    Good info! I did not know, so thank you for sharing! And congrats on Top Story! :)

  • Scott Wade6 days ago

    Love the limerick and the info is awesome. 🥰. Happy St Gertrude’s Day

  • River Joy6 days ago

    Nice! Both the limerick and the info. I learned something new today!

  • Paul Stewart6 days ago

    loved everything about this! the limerick and the details after! thought i was already subscribed, but I am now! congrats on TS!

  • Rey Visionary6 days ago

    Very interesting

  • Oh wow, this is so fascinating, I never knew about her! She's so inspirational! And I love cats too! Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Holly Pheni6 days ago

    Super interesting! Never heard of this story! Congrats on the top story and on finding a very unique topic for today!

  • Gina C.6 days ago

    Oh, I never knew! Amazing limerick, and I enjoyed learning something!! ☺️❤️ Congrats on Top Story!! 😍😍

  • Loryne Andawey6 days ago

    As a cat lover, this makes me so happy! 😄

  • Kendall Defoe7 days ago

    Thanks! I have got to read more about this one.

  • Heather Hubler7 days ago

    I enjoyed this so much! I loved the cover art, your lovely limerick and the afterwards! Great stuff :) Congratulations on Top Story!!

  • Donna Renee7 days ago

    Congratulations, Dana!! This was great (and also so interesting to learn about!)😁

  • C. H. Richard7 days ago

    Happy St Gertrude's Day! Congratulations on Top story!

  • Cathy holmes7 days ago

    Congrats on the Top Story. Happy St. Gertrude's day. Abigail is impressed.

  • Dana Crandell7 days ago

    Happy St. Gertrude's Day! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Leslie Writes7 days ago

    I knew the stories we heard about St. Patrick were fabricated or exaggerated. But is the first I’ve heard of St. Gertrude. I 💖 her! Thank you for sharing. Great poem too!

  • I just learned a lot. As a cat lover I'm grateful to have this knowledge bestowed upon me by you. Thank goodness for a great fan club: "from rodent banisher to the protector of cats." Congratulations on your Top Story!

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