One additional possibility, with regard to advancing the role of women in the church, is to lift up more forcefully the women who are our heritage. So here is a toast to St. Gertrude of Nivelles (+ 659), patron saint of travelers, gardeners, and cats.  She easily gets forgotten at least in the United States, because her feast day in the liturgical calendar is also that of St. Patrick. The two saints’ days are not entirely unrelated, though: When Gertrude was close to dying, a pilgrim prophesied that she would die on March 17, and that St. Patrick himself would accompany her to heaven.

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