Born in 1184 in Prussia she was amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor. Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide for her children, resolved to live in a manner she felt was utterly pleasing to God. She disposed of the costly clothes, jewels, and furniture befitting one of her rank, and became a Secular Franciscan, taking on the simple garment of a religious. From that point on Jutta did everything to tend to the poor and the sick. She became close to God because once when she was at prayer, Christ Himself appeared to her and said to her lovingly, “All My treasures are yours, and yours are Mine.”
Blessed Jutta of Thuringia, give us the strength to leave behind our material goods and follow God for eternal life in Heaven with Him. Amen.
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