Archive for May 15th, 2014

Biography of St. Gemma Galgani

15 May, 2014



A biography of St. Gemma Galgani by Fr. Amedeo, C.P.

1935 Biography of St. Gemma Galgani

“Father, do you know the latest idea that has come into my head? It is to become a saint at all costs.”

[St. Gemma Galgani to Father Germanus C.P., her spiritual director.]


St. Gemma Galgani

15 May, 2014

St. Gemma


My Jesus, I place all my sins before you. In my estimation they do not deserve pardon, but I ask you …. To close your eyes to my want of merit and to open them to your infinite merit. Since you willed to die for my sins, grant me forgiveness of all of them. Thus, I may no longer feel the burden of my sins, a burden that oppresses me beyond measure. Assist me, Jesus, for I desire to become good no matter what the cost. Take away, destroy, and utterly root out whatever you find in me that is contrary to your will. At the same time, dear Jesus, illumine me so that I may walk in your holy light. – St. Gemma Galgani

[taken from A Short Life of St. Gemma Galgani, Fr. Gerard Mahony, C.P., March 2006]

Article by Fr. Gerard Mahony, C.P.  A Short Life of St. Gemma Galgani [pdf]

16th May – St. Gemma Galgani

15 May, 2014


On 16th May the Memorial of St. Gemma Galgani is celebrated by the Passionist Congregation.


All powerful God, you made the virgin St. Gemma Galgani a living image of your Crucified Son. Through her prayers, may we suffer with Christ and so share in his glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

“In the same year 1896 another desire grew in me; I felt growing in me a desire to love totally Jesus Crucified and together with this desire to suffer and assist Jesus in his sufferings.” – St. Gemma Galgani    [The Voices of Gemma Galgani, The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Saint, Rudolph M. Bell and Cristina Mazzoni, p. 38]

Visit a web sites dedicated to St. Gemma here and here

Six formative moments ….

15 May, 2014


There were six formative events in the life of St. Paul of the Cross – Notes taken from the works of Fr. Enrico Zoffoli, C.P. and Fr. Paul Francis Spencer, C.P.

Six Moments in the Life of St. Paul of the Cross

Getting to know St. Paul of the Cross

15 May, 2014

passing the torch

Notes taken from various sources –

Getting to Know St. Paul of the Cross [pdf]