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Saint Gemma Galgani

AKA: Flower of Lucca; Gemma Galani; Maria Gemma Umberta Pia Galgani; Virgin of Lucca

Born: March 12, 1878 in Camigliano, Capanori, Italy of  Tuberculosis; Relics interred in the Passionist Monastery, Lucca

Died: April 11, 1903 in Lucca, Italy

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church

Beatified: May 14, 1933 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized: May 2, 1940 by Pope Pius XII; Her canonization faced stiff opposition by those who either disbelieved or wished to avoid attention to her visions and stigmata; Recognition celebrated at Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

Feast Day: April 11

Patronages: Against Temptations; Against the Death of Parents; Against Tuberculosis; Apothecaries; Druggists/Pharmacists; Students

Representation: Guardian Angel; Heavenly Gaze; Lilies and Roses; Passionist Robe; Stigmata

Saint Gemma Galgani was born at Camigliano near Lucca, Italy, on March 12, 1878.  At twenty years of age, Saint Gemma was attacked by tuberculosis of the spine.  This disease was declared by the doctors to be hopelessly incurable.  After countless novenas to Saint Gabriel, she was completely cured on the first Friday of March 1899.

At this time, apparently free from her recent illness, she sought to fulfill her lifelong wish of pursuing her religious vocation with the Passionist nuns, but her application, as previously, was rejected.

From 1899 on, this quiet and unexcitable girl who was endowed with a remarkably fervent religious disposition underwent many extraordinary religious experience - all of which were carefully investigated by her confessor and spiritual director, Father Germano.  The marks of Christ's crucifixion (stigmata) appeared intermittently for over eighteen months on her hands and feet, and she had ecstasies and visions.

In 1902, she was again stricken with an illness which was thought to be tuberculosis and she fell asleep in the Lord in 1903.  The fame of her sanctity spread rapidly all over the world.  She was beatified by Pius XI on March 14, 1933 and canonized by Pius XII on Ascension Day, 1940.

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Prayer: God, You showered heavenly gifts on Saint Gemma.  Help us to imitate her virtues during our earthly life and enjoy eternal happiness with her in heaven.  Amen.