St. Bertha — Widow and Abbess July 4

This saint was a remarkable woman. Descended from a line of kings, she was the mother of two saints, SS. Gertrude and Deotila. After her husband’s death she became a nun, devoted her wealth to the erection of churches and convents, and spent her last years in entire seclusion in a convent cell.

Who shall find a valiant woman? Far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her. The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no need of spoils. — Epistle

The Imitation of Christ
Oh, how great thanks am I bound to render unto Thee, for Thou hast vouchsafed to show me and all the faithful a right and a good way to Thine everlasting kingdom.
St. Bertha shows us how much good can be accomplished by those who are ever on the alert to further the greater glory of God. As a mother in her home and as nun in her convent she had one aim in view — to do something for God.
At least five times today stop for just a second and ask yourself: Why am I doing this?
All for the greater honor and glory of God.