Saint Gemma Galgani


Saint Gemma Galgani

Saint Gemma Galgani was born at Camigliano in Tuscany, Italy, in 1878.

Her mother died when she was seven years old, and from that time on her life was one of continuous suffering.

Her afflictions were caused by ill-health, by the poverty into which her family fell, by the scoffing of those who took offense at her practices of devotion, and finally, by the physical attacks of the devil.

Through it all, however, she remained at peace and enjoyed constant communion with our Lord, who spoke to her as if He were bodily present.

She earnestly desired to be a Passionist nun, but was not accepted because of her physical infirmities.

She was the subject of various extraordinary supernatural phenomena — visions, ecstasies, revelations, supernatural knowledge, conversations with her visible Guardian Angel, prophecy and miracles.

Her director verified that letters which she wrote and committed to the care of her good Angel were infallibly delivered.

Saint Gemma had periodically occurring stigmata between 1899 and 1901.

At one time during her sufferings, she was asked: If Jesus gave you the choice between two alternatives, either going immediately to heaven and having your sufferings disappear, or else remaining here in suffering to procure still more glory for the Lord, which would you choose?

She answered: I prefer to remain here rather than going to heaven, when it is a question of suffering for Jesus and His glory.

She died on Holy Saturday in 1903 and was canonized in 1940.

(SOURCE: Lives of the Saints for Every Day of the Year (Reprint of the work of John Gilmary Shea, with Appendix including recently canonized Saints, Benziger Brothers: New York, 1955. Third Edition, Tan Books and Publishers: Rockford, 1995); Sainte Gemma Galgani, by Sr. Jesualde du St. Esprit, O.C.D. (Apostolate of the Press: Sherbrooke, 1949), p. 296)



“When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.

She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.

When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country.

They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either.

(But) later, as the eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised.

He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”” -Mark 16:9-15.