Friday, April 11, 2008

Saint Gemma

Today is the feast of St. Gemma Galgani, my patron saint. Born in 1878, she has been described as "both modern and Medieval".

Through the intercession of the then, Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque, she was cured of a near paralyzing back condition.

She dearly wanted to be a sister, but was continually rejected due to her ill health. Although she never entered the convent, she is considered today to be a Passionist saint.

Below is a very short film about part of her life.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to learn even more about St Gemma.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

So would I, actually! There's a book I'd love to read about her called "The Voices of Gemma Galgani, The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Saint", by Rudolph M. Bell and Cristina Mazzoni.

Glenn Dallaire said...

I have a blog on St Gemma with her writings from her Diary, Autobiography and Letters and lots of pictures if anyone is interested. It is located here:

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