11 April 2011

Feast of St. Gemma Galgani

Today is the feast day (and the 108th anniversary of the death) of a saint I have loved since visiting her hometown of Lucca, Italy:  St. Gemma Galgani.  There is a website devoted to her at this link, with tons of information.

This quote describing when she received the stigmata comes from that site:

".....At that moment Jesus appeared with all His wounds open, but blood no longer came out of those wounds. Rather, flames of fire issued forth from them and in an instant these flames came to touch my hands, my feet and my heart. I felt as if I would die. I fell to the floor, but my Mother supported me, keeping me covered in Her mantle."

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