April 11 - Saint Gemma Galgani

Quick Facts
  • Daughter of a poor pharmacist; mother died when she was seven, her father when she was eighteen, and she took care of her seven brothers and sisters.
  • Laywoman.
  • Cured in her 20's of spinal tuberculosis by prayer to Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows.
  • Rejected by the orders to which she applied who would not believe her cure, she became a Passionist tertiary.
  • Stigmatist, receiving the wounds on her hands and feet each Thursday evening through Friday afternoon starting in June 1899 and continuing into 1901.
  • Visionary; she saw her guardian angel daily, and visits from the devil who tempted her to spit on the cross and break a rosary.
  • Her canonization faced stiff opposition by those who either disbelieved or wished to avoid attention to her visions and stigmata.