Wednesday, 11 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Gemma Galgani

Saint Gemma Galgani

The 11th of April is the feast day of Saint Maria Gemma Umberta Galgani (March 12, 1878 – April 11, 1903). 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.

She was born in Italy, the fifth child of eight children to a pharmacist. When she was young, her mother and three of her siblings died. When she was 18 years old, her father died too, and she had to take care of her younger siblings. Rejecting two marriage proposals, she tried to enter the Passionist as a religious. But she was rejected because of her bad health. She instead became a Tertiary member of the Order. She developed spinal meningitis and was miraculously healed, attributing this to the intercession of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She experienced suffering as she united herself with the Passion of Christ and had many visions, being visited often by her guardian angel, Jesus and His Mother, Mary. She is known as a mystic and developed the stigmata at the age of 21, according to her spiritual director. She died on the Vigil of Easter, aged 25 years old.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Our Lady of Medjugorje

April 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, Through the great love of the Heavenly Father I am beside you as your mother and you are beside me as my children, as apostles of my love whom I ceaselessly gather around me. My children, you are those who, along with prayer, need to completely surrender to my Son so that you may no longer live but my Son may live in you - so that all those who do not know my Son may see Him in you and come to desire to know Him. Pray that in you they may see resolute humility and goodness, a readiness to serve others; that in you they may see that you live your vocation in the world with the heart, in communion with my Son; that in you they may see meekness, tenderness and love for my Son as well as for all brothers and sisters. Apostles of my love, you must pray much and cleanse your hearts so that you may be the first to walk on the way of my Son, that you may be the just who are united with the justice of my Son. My children, as apostles of my love, you must be united in the communion which emanates from my Son, so that my children who do not know my Son may recognize the communion of love and may come to desire to walk on the way of life, the way of unity with my Son. Thank you.

Links