Everyone knows that today is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. However, he's not the only person who's honored on March 17th. According to Catholic Online there are six others, including St. Gertrude of Nivelles.
After a little research I leaned St. Gertrude was was a seventh-century abbess who was born in 626 and died in 659. With her mother, she founded the monastery of Nivelles in present-day Belgium. She was never formally canonized, but in 1677 Pope Clement XII declared her feast day to be March 17. She is the patron saint of travelers, gardeners, and cats; she protects against mental illness, fever, mice, and rats.
My saint statue came with a stand embossed with her name. She has a cat slung over one arm and another by her feet. There's also a backdrop decorated with more cats that slips into a slot on the stand. We keep the statue on a shelf in the family room next to a set of three small soapstone cat sculptures and a miniature picture book of kittens.
Jackson and Pepper, our cats, ignore all of it.
Five years ago today: My Home Town