Thursday, 13 April 2017

# Saints

Saint Gemma Galgani

The 11th of April is the feast day of Saint Gemma Galgani. She is the patron saint of Students, Pharmacists, Paratroopers and Parachutists, loss of parents, those suffering back injury or back pain, those suffering with headaches/migraines, those struggling with temptations to impurity and those seeking purity of heart.

Saint Gemma Galgani lived between 1878 and 1903. She was born in Italy to a large family, the fifth of eight children to a wealthy pharmacist. However, her mother and three of her siblings died of tuberculous, and her father died when she was only 18. This left Gemma to help care for her younger siblings. She tried to enter the religious life as a Passionist, rejecting two marriage proposals whilst being a housekeeper. She was denied entry to the Passionist due to her poor health and instead, became a Tertiary member of the Order. She developed spinal meningitis but was healed, this was attributed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the intercession of Saint Gabriel to Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. She experienced visions and was visited by her guardian angel, Jesus and the Virgin Mary. She was known as a great mystic and developed stigmata at the age 21. She died on the Vigil of Easter at the age 25.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, you whom my Son loves, you whom I love with an immeasurable motherly love, do not permit for selfishness, for self love, to rule the world. Do not permit for love and goodness to be hidden. You who are loved, who have come to know the love of my Son, remember that to be loved means to love. My children, have faith. When you have faith you are happy and are spreading peace; your soul trembles with joy. My Son is in such a soul. When you are giving yourself for the faith, when you are giving yourself for love, when you are doing good to your neighbor, my Son smiles in your soul. Apostles of my love, I am turning to you as a mother. I am gathering you around myself and I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith, on the way which leads to the light of the world. I am here for the sake of love, for the sake of faith, because with my motherly blessing I desire to give you hope and strength on your way - because the way which leads to my Son is not easy. It is full of renunciation, giving, sacrifice, forgiveness and much, much love. But this way leads to peace and happiness. My children, do not believe lying voices which speak to you about false things, false glitter. You, my children, return to the Scripture. I am looking at you with immeasurable love, and through God's grace am making myself evident to you. My children, set out with me. May your soul tremble with joy. Thank you.