She was described as a very gifted and amiable young woman, charming, intelligent and a lovely voice. In 1258 Gertrude moved the monastery to Helfta and Mechtild joined her and was appointed choirmistress as well as being in charge of the cloister school. It was in this position that St. Gertrude the Great came under her care.
Mechtild experienced an intimate mystical relationship with Christ in her prayer. She shared some of these experiences and Gertrude wrote them down, which Mechtild later edited. These writings are known as the "Book of Special Grace", and sometimes also called, "Revelations of St. Mechtild."
She died on November 19, 1298 at the age of 58.
As we have reflected on Lectio Divina over the past couple months before the beginning of Lent, I would like to direct your attention to Mechtild's sharing about her relationship with Christ. Her sharing inspired Gertrude to write. Mechtild's mystical experiences have been preserved for us; for our own lectio.
This week, ponder on your own relationship with Christ and what you would like to write down. Journaling helps you express what this relationship is about.