St Gemma Galgani’s Story and Miracles
St Gemma Galgani Story and Miracles written by Maria Antoine. It our tribute to the young Italian saint and mystic.
She died in 1903 from tuberculosis at 25. She a canonized saint within 35 years of her death. Many miracles have been attributed to her since her death. Her purity of heart and patience under suffering is a great role model for the youth of today.
At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. Gemma loved by her teachers and her fellow students, as a student at a school run by the Sisters of St. Zita. Though quiet and reserved, she always had a smile for everyone. Unfortunately, Gemma had to quit school due to her chronic ill health before completing the course of study.
Throughout her life, Gemma to be chosen with many mystical experiences and special graces. These often misunderstood by others, causing ridicule. Gemma suffered heartaches in reparation, remembering that Our Lord Himself had misunderstood and ridiculed.
Gemma had an immense love for the poor and helped them in any way she could. After her father’s death, the 19-year-old Gemma became the mother-figure for her seven brothers and sisters. When some of her siblings became old enough to share the responsibility, Gemma went to live briefly with a married aunt.
At this time, two young men proposed marriage to her. However, Gemma refused because she wanted silence, retirement, and more than ever, she desired to pray and speak only to God.
Gemma returned home and almost immediately became very ill with meningitis. Throughout this illness, her one regret the trouble she caused her relatives who took care of her. Feeling herself tempted by the devil, Gemma prayed for help to the Venerable Passionist, Gabriel Possenti. Through his intercession, Gemma miraculously cured.
Gemma wished to become a nun, but her poor health prevented her from accepted. She offered this disappointment to God as a sacrifice.