Good day all! Thanks for joining me this gorgeous Tuesday for some great Saints!!!
St Gemma Galgani (double “G” points!) developed a love for prayer at a very young age. Gemma had a challenging childhood – dealing with illness that drew her away from school, and the death of her parents which left her to raise her 7 brothers and sisters. But she was granted many mystical experiences and special graces. One of those graces was the stigmata – “She had pain in her hands, feet and heart and blood was coming from the places where she had pain. Each Thursday evening, Gemma would fall into rapture and the marks would appear. The stigmata remained until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning when the bleeding would stop, the wounds would close, and only white marks would remain in place of the deep gashes. ” (catholic.com) St Gemma experienced other ecstasies during her life, too – can you imagine?
St Germana Cousin, patron of abandoned people, abuse victims, against poverty, disabled people, girls from rural areas, illness, impoverishment, loss of parents, shepherdesses, sick people, and unattractive people, seemed destined for a life of suffering. She was born with a deformed hand and experienced disease right away, in addition, her mother died while she was still an infant. Her step-mother was abusive, and with the excuse of not wanting to affect the rest of the household with her disease, she was sent to be employed as a shepherdess from her earliest day. When she returned home at night, she found her “bed” in the stable or made with a pile of grapevine branches. Through her neglect and abandonment, she developed a keen sense of God’s presence and of spiritual things. She had a great love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and helped daily at the Holy Sacrifice – upon hearing the bells ring, she planted her sheep hook in the ground and ran off to hear Mass – not once was her flock injured.
You can read more on Saints whose names begin with the letter “G” HERE
Join me Wednesday to check out some “H” Saints!