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Therese de Lisieux Church. Personalities Margarete Mary Alacoque

Gemma Galgani

Born: March 12, 1878; Borgonuovo, Capannori, Italy
Died: April 11, 1903 (aged 25); Lucca, Italy

Gemma Galgani (1874-1950) was an Italian Catholic Mystic. She has been called the “Daughter of Passion” because of her profound imitation of the Passion of Christ. She was beatified on May 14, 1933 and canonized on May 2, 1940.

Gemma was the fifth of eight children. Her father was a prosperous pharmacist. Gemma's mother contracted tuberculosis and died on September 17, 1885.

Gemma receives the Stigmata

Gemma received the Holy Stigmata on June 8, 1899, at the age of twenty-one. She discloses what exactly happened on June 8 (the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart): “I felt an inward sorrow for my sins, but so intense that I have never felt the like again … My will made me detest them all, and promise willingly to suffer everything as expiation for them.” Then she saw her guardian angel in the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Holy Mother said: “My child, in the name of Jesus may all thy sins be forgiven thee.” Then she added: “My Son Jesus loves thee beyond measure, and wishes to give thee a GRACE; wilt you know how to render thyself worthy of it?” My misery did not know what to answer. Then she added: “I will be a mother to thee; wilt you be a true child?” She then opened her mantle and covered me with it. At that moment Jesus appeared with all His Wounds open; but from those Wounds there no longer came forth blood, but flames of fire. In an instant those flames came to touch my hands, my feet and my heart. I felt as if I were dying, and should have fallen to the ground had not my Mother held me up, while all the time I remained beneath her mantle. I had to remain several hours in that position. Finally she kissed my forehead, all vanished, and I found myself kneeling; but I still felt great pain in my hands, feet and heart.

Among these Divine favors was the very special one of manifesting in her virginal flesh the living image of Christ and mysteriously sharing in the various sufferings of His passion.

Pope Pius XII
The Decretal Letter "Sanctitudinis Culmen"
of Pope Pius XII
for the Canonisation of St Gemma Galgani

Words and Quotes of St Gemma Galgani

Oh Jesus, how are You doing in the narrow cell of my heart? Are You alright? Expand my chest, because it is no longer enough to contain You… Jesus, allow me to pour out my affections with You…

Fire! Fire in my heart! This morning it is burning… Dear Jesus, I love you so much! I shall endeavor always to love You; I shall live to love You; I shall die to love You!… Give me wings oh Jesus, so I can fly to Your throne!"

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