St Mechtilde of Hackeborn (Helfta) – Feast Day – November 19

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St Mechtilde of Hackeborn was also known as Mathilda of Helfta or Matilda of Magdaburg. She is the Patron Saint Against blindness.

St Mechtilde of Hackeborn’s Biography

Date of Birth 1241 AD
Country of Birth Germany in Europe
Profession Benedictine nun
Place of Work Helfta, Germany
Date of Death 19 November 1298
Place of Death Helfta monastery, Germany
Feast Day November 19
Beatification Pre-Congregation
Canonization Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of Against blindness

Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn Life History

She was born to a pious, powerful Thuringian noble family; her older sister was a nun.

She was educated in a convent from age seven. Mechtilde became a nun at Rodersdorf, Switzerland. She moved to the Helfta monastery in 1258 where her sister served as abbess.

She became a teacher and choir director at the convent school at Helfta. She was a visionary and mystic and also a novice mistress for Saint Gertrude the Great who wrote The Book of Special Grace about Mechtilde’s teachings.

She was initially terrified that the book might cause trouble, but Christ appeared to her in prayer and told her not to worry.

She became a much sought spiritual advisor to her sister nuns, laity and learned Dominicans. May have been the inspiration for the character Matelda in Dante’s Purgatorio.

Today’s Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn Quote

During her baptism, the priest said these words about her, “What do you fear? This child most certainly will not die, but she will become a saintly religious in whom God will work many wonders, and she will end her days in a good old age.”

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