Mother to her siblings

St Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878 in a small Italian town near Lucca in Tuscany.

Her mother died when she was a child. After her father died, when she was 19, she effectively became a mother to her seven siblings. She was also devoted to the poor.

Gemma contracted meningitis, but thanks to the intercession of St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (Francesco Possenti), she was

miraculously cured.

She wanted to enter religious life but wasn’t in good enough health. She offered this disappointment to Jesus as a sacrifice.

In 1899 she had a premonition that a special grace would be granted to her. She experienced pain in her hands and feet, along with bleeding. These were marks of the stigmata.

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