St Gemma Galgani -The lover of Jesus

St Gemma Galgani -The Gem of Christ- Mystic, Stigmatic and Victim Soul
The incomparable St Gemma Galgani...The webmasters favorite Saint! The Saint that you cannot help but to admire and love the moment you begin to read her writings! Gemma's heart was all on fire with an extraordinary love of God, and she expressed this love so well in her writings and even more so in the words of her ecstasies which were frequently recorded. For example, with her heart burning with the love of God, Gemma said such things as:
"...... Oh love, oh infinite love! ... See: Your love, oh Lord, Your love penetrates even to my body, with too much fury. When, when will I unite with You, oh Lord, Who with such force of love keeps me in union here on earth? ... Do it, do it! ... Let me die, and die of love! .....What a beautiful death, oh Lord, to die a victim of love ......a victim for You! Calm down, calm down oh Jesus; if not, Your love will end up burning me to ashes! ... Oh love, oh infinite love! .....Oh love of my Jesus! ....Let Your love penetrate my all; from You I want nothing else. My God, my God, I love You!
and another:
Oh Jesus . . . oh Jesus . . . What are these strong attrac­tions which unite me so powerfully to you? Is it Your heart which beats so near mine? . . . What power there is in Your heart! Explain it to me, Jesus. How is it that this poor soul does not escape from its prison to go to heaven and rejoice in Your Divine Presence? It can resist no longer . . . every morning I hear Your be­loved voice . . . I taste such ineffable sweetness . . .

Jesus, You ask only love from me; and I, in order to love You, ask much love also, for I have not enough. See, Jesus, when, in the morning, I feel Your presence in Communion, I am conscious of myself no longer. And, Jesus, who would have thought that your heart would join its beatings to those of mine? Oh! Grant me the summit of happiness, grant me the consolation that I ask of You; repeat the sweet words which You said to me Sun­day. When, Jesus, will You become my Heavenly Spouse?"

and another:
“You are on fire Oh Lord, and I burn. Oh pain, oh infinitely happy love! Oh sweet fire! Oh sweet flames! And would You wish my heart to become a flame? Oh, I have found the flame that destroys and reduces to ashes! Cease, cease, I cannot withdraw my heart from so much fire. What am I saying? No; rather come Jesus! I will open my heart to You; put Thy Divine fire into it. You are a flame, and let my heart be turned into a flame!....Come then, Oh Jesus! Your heart is a flame and you wish mine to be turned into a flame as well....Jesus, I feel I must die when you are throbbing so in my heart.”

This is just a little foretaste of the loving words of Saint Gemma to give an idea of the fervor that this Saint possessed. But there is much more to this Saint than fiery words of love. Firstly however, let me say that Gemma has made such an deep impression on me, that I spent a year building an extensive website devoted to her extraordinary life and writings. On the St Gemma website you will find her entire Autobiography, her entire Diary, and many of her Letters to her spiritual Director, along with many of her recorded Ecstasies. And because there is already so much information on the St Gemma Galgani website, there really is no need to duplicate it here.

So I think then, the purpose of this article should be to briefly highlight the life of this extraordinary Saint, pointing to the information that is already available on the St Gemma Galgani website.

A brief biography of the life of St Gemma
Gemma was born on March 12, 1878 in Camigliano, Italy, and soon after her birth her family moved to Lucca, Italy, where she remained the rest of her life. Her mother Aurelia, a holy woman, died when Gemma was only 8 years old. The loss of her mother at such a young age was a sword of suffering upon her little heart. Eleven years later, at age 19, she would lose also her father, leaving her and her brothers and sisters orphans. Not long after this, she became gravely ill with spinal meningitis, becoming bedridden and on the verge of death. It was at this point that began the extraordinary graces in her life.

Miraculous Cure
The Passionist Venerable Gabriel Possenti (now a Saint) began appearing to her in a series of visions, encouraging her and helping her to make a Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in hopes for a cure. It was at this time that the attending Doctors resigned her to die. On March 3, 1899, Jesus appeared to Gemma and cured her on the last day of the Novena, which coincided with the First Friday of the month (which is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus). It was at this time also that Gemma began receiving inner locutions (interior words) from Jesus, and she begins to see her guardian Angel who inspires and instructs her in the practice of virtues.

Gemma is given the Stigmata
A few months later, on the morning of June 8, 1899, Gemma is enlightened during Holy Communion that she would soon be receiving a great grace from Jesus. That evening, the Blessed Mother appeared to her, along with her guardian Angel. The Blessed Virgin told her:
"Jesus my Son loves you very much and He wishes to give you a grace. Do you know how to make yourself worthy of it?” In my misery I did not know what to answer. She continued “I will be your Mother. Will you be a true daughter?” She then spread her mantle and covered me with it. 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. I had to remain several hours in that position. Finally she kissed me on my forehead, and all vanished, and I found myself kneeling on the floor. But I still felt an intense pain in my hands, feet and heart. I arose to go to bed, and I then noticed that blood was flowing from those parts where I felt pain. I covered them as well as I could, and then with the help of my angel, I was able to go to bed. These sufferings and pains, although they afflicted me, filled me with perfect peace. The next morning I was able to go to Communion only with great difficulty, and I put on a pair of gloves in order to hide my hands. I could hardly stand on my feet, and I thought I would die at any minute. The sufferings continued until 3pm on Friday afternoon, the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus."
Details of the Stigmata of St Gemma can be read here.

Victim Soul
It was at this point that Gemma began suffering as a victim soul for the conversion of sinners. She continued this extraordinary mission until the end of her life. At times Accompanying the Stigmata were also the Crown of Thorns and also the Scourging which is well documented by her Spiritual Director, Venerable Father Germanus C.P.

Ecstasies of love
Along with suffering in union with Jesus for the conversion of souls, she was also drawn into the most remarkable and sublime ecstasies where she conversed and often pleaded with Jesus for sinners, for the souls in Purgatory, for love and for mercy upon humanity, always telling Jesus of her love for Him, and offering herself as a holocost and victim to obtain these graces.

The Holy Death of Saint Gemma
After a selfless life of love given to God for the conversion of sinners, so dear to His Sacred Heart, Gemma died a most holy death on the afternoon of Holy Saturday, the Vigil of Easter, wherein we celebrate the Resurrection of our Blessed Lord.

In September 1902, Gemma became severely ill with Tuberculosis. By that time the fever of disease had begun to consume the innocent victim of divine Justice. Early in September she became very sick and vomited blood in quantities. One who watched by her bed wrote to her Director: "She is reduced to skin and bones; she suffers excruciating pains. One cannot bear the torment of not knowing what to do to relieve her. Gemma feels great need of you. Come quickly and tell us what to do."
"On receiving other pressing requests," he wrote, "I determined to go and reached Lucca in the month of October. The poor child showed the greatest joy when she was told that I had come, and wished to get up to welcome me. Imagine my grief at finding her in such a state, added to my fear that God this time would act indeed. I blessed her and bade her go back to bed; then sitting by her side I said: 'Well Gemma, what are we to do?'
'Go to Jesus, Father,' she answered, in a tone of inexpressible joy.
'But really?' I added.
'Yes, Father, this time Jesus has told me clearly, so clearly. To Heaven, my Father, to Jesus, with Jesus in Heaven!''But,' I rejoined, 'our sins, how are we to atone for them? You would make it an easy
And she answered, 'Jesus has thought of that. He will let me suffer so much in the short time I have to live, that, sanctifying my poor pains by the merits of His Passion, He will be satisfied an will take me with Him to Paradise.'
'But,' I said, 'I do not wish you to die yet.'
And she, in her spirited way, replied- 'And should Jesus wish it, what then?'

She then gave him all the particulars of her death and burial with the calmness of one discussing an ordinary affair. In the Confession she made that evening, she accused herself of the sins of her whole life with such compunction that he could not restrain his tears at seeing such lively sentiments of sorrow in one who had never stained the spotless robe of baptismal innocence by a deliberate sin. In the morning dressed as a bride with a white veil on her head she received Holy Viaticum, "looking," says Father Germano, "like an Angel in adoration before the Majesty of God." Afterwards she said to him: "If you wish, Father, you can leave, as I shall not die now. This illness will certainly finish me, but not yet; at least, that is what Jesus has told me."

Thus the months dragged on with Gemma living in the closest union of love and suffering with Jesus Crucified. Through the offering of her sufferings in union with Jesus, the Victim Soul was obtaining countless graces each day for the conversion of sinners. Holy Week arrived and now the victim of Jesus was to be made conformable to His Death. On Good Friday, April 10, 1903 she said to Cecilia Giannini who was attending her: "Don't leave me until I am nailed to the Cross. I must be crucified with Jesus. He has said to me that His children must be crucified." She then went into ecstasy and gradually extending her arms, she remained in that posture for about three hours - an image of Jesus dying on the Cross. All that day and night her agony continued.

On the morning of Holy Saturday, April 11, 1903, at about 8:00am she received Viaticum and the Last Anointing. At around 1:30pm, with the crucifix in her hands she said: "Jesus, now it is indeed true that nothing remains for me. If it be Thy will, take me." Glancing at the picture of Mary, she added: "My Mother, I recommend myself to You. Ask Jesus to have mercy on me." Then, in a feeble voice: "Jesus, I commend to You this poor soul of mine. Jesus." These were her last words. She kissed the crucifix, placed it over her heart, folded her hands over it, and closed her eyes. Then, after a few moments, she turned her head on the pillow and ceased to breathe, and thus her holy soul took flight to be forever united with the God whom she loved with all the strength of her heart.

The priest who was reading the last prayers of the Church never knew the moment of her passing. "I have assisted many sick people," he said, "but I never knew one to die in that way, without a tear or a sigh. She died with a smile and the smile remained on her lips so that I could hardly convince myself that she was really dead."
And one of the Nursing Sisters from the order of St Camillis de Lellis who was caring for Gemma in her last days attested: "We have cared for a great many sick people, but we have never seen anything like this."

The inscription placed on her tomb read:
"Gemma Galgani of Lucca, a most innocent virgin, while in her 25th year, consumed rather by the fire of Divine Love than by the violence of disease, flew into the arms of her Heavenly Spouse on Holy Saturday, the eleventh of April, 1903. Peace be to Thee, O sweet soul, in company with the Angels"

~St Gemma, pray for us!

For more information on St Gemma, see the St Gemma Galgani website.

"Two sentiments were born in my heart the very first time that I felt and saw Jesus dripping in blood. The first one was to love Him , and to love Him to the point of sacrifice....the other thing that was borne in my heart after seeing Jesus was a great desire to suffer something for Him, seeing how much He had suffered for me!.." -St Gemma Galgani
Check out the relic lockets, rosaries, books and other items in the St Gemma Gift Store


Anonymous said...

St. Gemma is a perfect intercessor of all girls and boys, who have the media so unashamedly sexualizing all aspects of life, taking what God ordained as beautiful, and making it dirty, empty and self-serving. It is nothing less than the work of the devil. However, St. Gemma when asked, I am sure will be a most willing and eager saint to intervene on our behalf to our Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ.

St. Gemma, please intercede for our girls and boys; that they will treat one another with the greatest of respect and understand their gift of sexuality (to bring forth God's creation in a loving manner) because it is God who created us in His image; cure our ill culture in every way, especially the media, that treats humans and sexuality as a commodity; that we will be taught the importance of family and love of the Creator, and the purpose of this life, to be with God, praising Him for all eternity. Amen.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Dear Anonymous

Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments.

St Gemma is truly a extraordinary example and role model of purity and chastity.

After all it is she who once said -"But to come to heaven requires purity of heart: give it to me, my Jesus....Yes, I so desire purity of heart!" -St Gemma Galgani

And we may recall that on one occasion when she was being assailed by impure thopughts, she ran out of the house and jumped into a resevoir of freezing water in the wintertime.

And we may as recall that ever since she was a little child she used to kneel on her hands each day and recite 3 Hail Marys asking the Blessed Mother for the grace of purity of heart. She recited these 3 Hail Marys while kneeling on her hands each day--in fact, not long before her death, even though she was bedridden and gravely ill, one of the nursing Sisters caring for her happened to come into her room one day and found her doing this.

These and several other stories about St Gemma's heroic chastity and purity and also her battle against temptation can be found here:

Battles with temptations-St Gemma's heroic chastity and purity

Thanks again for your excellent comments and may God bless you and yours!
-Glenn Dallaire

rosary beads said...

A lovely blog, well done keep it up.

If you are short of material, anne catherine emmerich and sister faustina must be worthy of a mention.

Anne catherines description of mary's house and subsequent discovery of the (overgrown) house on a remote hillside in ephesus which on excavation matched the description leaves you wondering. Documented in the book "our lady of ephesus" now sadly out of print.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Rosary Beads,
Thank you for your kind comments.

I do hope to do an article on BOTH Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich and St Faustina in the very near future. Since the focus of this website is the Mystics who are very little known, I have been concentrating on these countless lesser known Mystics.
So, since these two are quite well known, I kinda "put them on the back burner" so to speak, but I do plan on creating articles for both of them, because they were both very extraordinary Mystics.

Thanks again for the suggestions and may God bless you and yours!
Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...

St. Gemma is one of my most favorite saints. She led me to join the Passionists. Unfortunately I had to leave the community because of mental problems, but like her, I will always remain a Passionist in my heart!!!

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Kim,
Thanks for your comment. Like Saint Gemma, you are and will always be a Passionistin your heart and spirit!

I am not formally a Passionist either, but I consider myself too a Passionist at heart.
Saint Gemma, pray for us!
Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...


TEAM GEMMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glenn Dallaire said...

Dear Anonymous,
I am sorry to hear about baby Gemma who has Scids...I prayed for her at Mass this morning and will continue to do so. May St Gemma intercede for her, especially for her upcoming bone marrow transplant.

Union in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Glenn Dallaire

Davey said...

I ask St Gemma to pray for me and my intention, here is my intention

Can I ask St Gemma to intercede I have a skin problem my mum is throwing abuse at me over my skin problem and she won't mind her self she thinks it's my fault why I have my skin problem and I do have medication for it and I do put it on at night time only and she won't leave me alone and giving me verbal abuse over it I ask St Gemma to give me some peace and speak to my mum over her abuse

Anonymous said...

May my comment sounds shallow, but this woman was incredibly beautiful not just inside, but outside too! Look at that face...It expresses perfectly her interior beauty. I've only seen before such a beauty in Virgin Mary's face. St. Gemma's eyes can touch my soul. We see horrible perverted images everywhere in this world, but I could look at this Saint for ages!
Im gonna print the prayers she wrote herself so I can pray them everynight!
God bless the webmaster, internet becomes a wonderful thing when stuff like this is shared worldwide. I have already read 3 biographies in this blog and I cherish all of them!
Thank u so much and sorry for my poor english, Im an argentinian girl.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your kind comments. Like you, countless people over the past 100 years have be captivated by the radiant, luminous eyes and face of the incomparable St Gemma Galgani! Indeed, Gemma was extraordinarily beautiful on both the inside and the outside, and many, many people have commented about this over the years.

In fact, for those who are interested there is an article here by Father Enrico Zoffoli C.P. entitled "Gemma was beautiful":

Gemma was beautiful article

Best wishes and may God bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn!
Thank u so much for your words and the article! I will read it as I keep reading your blogs since I discovered them. Many many many sublime teachings! And Gemma is an special Saint, no doubt.

Thank u again for sharing all this information with all of us! May God bless u and yours!

Bopeep said...

I learned about St Gemma when I looked for a patron saint for those who had back problems. My daughter was going to have a lumbar laminectomy and discectomy at the time. Google pointed me to St Gemma. I told my daughter and we both prayed to St Gemma. The operation was successful. We have told others who have back problems to pray to her to intercede on their behalf to the Lord. . . Thank God!

Anonymous said...

Read 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 from verse 3 and 4 from the KJV Holy Bible! OK

Anonymous said...

I Hate this World Lord God Almighty Holy Lord! - And Why??, because there are too many Rebellious women and men in this wicked and evil fallen world and all I see is girls swearing in their cars at me every time I see them do WRONG! I don't seem to see any positives in the region locality where I live? I'm sooooooo upset Lord Jesus Christ can you please help me?? or I will start a World War 3 if I have too?? or you help me to master and overcome evil DEVILS or the evil spirit that was in that girl driving her car that day!! I will never forget Lord I or will track her down and DESTROY her soul! I'm sick of lord Jesus!! or I will Curse every Demon in Hell; if I have too!! I will do it in Your name not mine!! - ta

Anonymous said...

I'm sick and tired of this world Lord Jesus! just spare the little ones who are only 'babies' - Amen!
P.S. I sure have an attitude don't I! plus I will not tell you my real name, because I'm known as the 'Mysteron' according to myself - And Pls I'm totally OPPOSED TO SATAN AND HIS DEMONS! OK

Suzette said...

Hello! I was wondering if you could perhaps make a link on your site and write down all the books available for these wonderful mystics!?

marieannVF said...

I am so in awe of St Gemma. I came across her through friends on FB. She is an extraordinary beauty and so filled w.Love of Jesus. I can feel some of it just reading her comments in her diary.

Thanks for sharing. The Mystics of the Church have always held a special place in my heart.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Anonymous,
Well, that is not a very charitable comment, however I respect your opinion.
And truthfully you need not believe in or admire any of the mystics of the Church, as it is not a necessary requirement for Catholics.

May God bless you!

Archaic One said...

Hello, rosary beads,

You write of the book " 'Our Lady of Ephesus' now sadly out of print".

You can read and download the book from this site:

God bless.

Unknown said...

I was moved to tears by this amazing account that both highlights the inadequacy of my own spiritual life and yet offers hope that "God can write legibly even with the leg of a table". Gemma was clearly one of God's chosen to act perhaps as an inspiration to the rest of us on the Way. Thank you for this site which I have now earmarked as one of my favourites.

Anonymous said...

I have read several of the bios here and still do not understand although I am trying to. Why does your god cause such awful pain and suffering and ugly wounds and death to those who are infirm and weak, and seem to enjoy it so much? If this suffering were caused by a human to another human, it would be classed as sadism and the person would be sent to jail or an asylum for the criminally insane. You say your god did die for the sins of humanity, but if this is so, then those who accept such a gift and love him and are grateful for such charity should be brought to his side without this awful pain and wickedness. This is no reward, it is cruelty. It makes me so sad to think about especially babies and little children with not a spot on their souls! It is awful to have such a god full of authority sitting up on a throne causing such ugliness to his people instead of giving love and comfort. :-(

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Anonymous,
I'll reply to your question to the best of my understanding--If our lives here on earth was all there was, and our death was really the end of us, then the tradgedies that you mention would indeed be truly tragic--but our deaths are only the beginning of our birth into eternal life--and with this in mind, God views everything from the perspective of eternity, and not from the perspective of our mortal lives here on earth. His desire is simply for us to be with Him in heaven for all eternity.

For example, if you knew beforehand that someone would soon commit a number of grave mortal sins, and would be unrepentant for these sins, and would therefore damn themselves to hell--would it not then be a grace for them if God was to take their lives before they committed such sins, so that they would not be seperated from God and eternal joy in heaven for all eternity?

And this is why Jesus once said "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?" (Mark 8:36).

So, God sees things from the perspective of eternity and not in a eartthly-worldly perspective--and this is the key to understanding why God allows to happen what seems to us to be tradgedies.

May God bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...

Thank you much for your response, but it does not quite address my thoughts, and perhaps I was not very clear, and for that I apologize. For instance, one of these young women begged to kiss the wounds of the hands, and he allowed it, but then in her mind she thought if she could emerge from her sick-bed she would kneel and kiss his feet, and so he read her mind and actually continued to stand there and he picked up one foot at a time and pressed them to her lips. Ugh! But WHY? Was there not enough "proof" in what she had already said and done? Not "my daughter, that action is not necessary, you already have shown your devotion and love for me and I love you for that." It feels to me like something ugly and controlling, like love me MORE... MORE! Now kiss my hands! More, more, now kiss my FEET because my hands were not enough! Be more humble, do more, suffer harder, get sicker, bleed, crawl... so I can enjoy your pain. Such abuse it gives me the shivers and makes me feel sick! I cannot understand. If someone was sorry for hurting me, and cried and kissed my hands, and I had such infinite power that I could see deep into their heart of hearts and knew they were sorry, I'd accept them, no questions asked, no conditions, no further humiliation and punishment. Just love and MORE LOVE! I am sorry as I do not mean to harass you, and I hope you do not take offense, but I could not insist to make those who love me, love me MORE, by causing humiliation and pain and suffering and shame to them. I would ache to wrap my arms around them instead! :-(

Mahndisa said...

I too feel this odd feeling about victim souls. But when I began to do the Devotion to the Holy Wounds, then I could empathize with Christ in some miniscule way. Do you know that whenever I see a depiction of the passion tears roll down my cheeks? This had never happened before. But being a Mother makes one more sensitive, for on the cross you can imagine your own child and truly see that he passion pierced both Christ and his Mother. Oh glory for his sacrifice of propitiation and glory for HIS suffering because by his wounds we are healed. Suffering brings souls and spirits closer to Christ it is an odd thing but this suffering transcends religions, all faiths have this suffering as something that the saints go through. If Christ suffered for the entire human race, what is suffering on our part?

CLB said...

Jesus. Thank you for sharing.

João BR said...

Thanks for writing that wonderful blog, Mrs Dalaire. I love St. Gemma she takes me up, make me even close to jesus. But I have another questions, Do you focus more ur work in not kown mystics? Ive seen some mystics who even havent pages on wikipedia on ur page and that the church does not recognize as server of lor, how do you found such people? Thanks again on ur blog and i've been researching christian mysticism for months and that includes specially mystics as gemma galgani, natuzza evolo who are very lay people but out of their devotion are risen to the heights.

DHC said...

Congratulations for this Site
I'm a gay 30 year old man, and I have been trying to live according to the will and commandments of God, but not manage to because of the temptations of the flesh. The devil constantly tempts me to watch pornography and won in my fight against impurity.Right now I am in a bad state because I can not find rest and constantly feel depressed and dirty before God, so that I feel I am without love of Jesus, I have no chance to paradise and that when I die it will go directly to hell.
I know that St. Gemma is the patron of those struggling against impurity, therefore maybe someone would tell me some prayers that I should recite to this young saint to help me in this fight against the forces of evil.
Many thanks.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Thank you for your comments and for sharing a bit of your spiritual struggles. Gay or straight, married or unmarried, most adults struggle quite often time with impurity and lust. And more often than not we "give in" and lose the battle---but as any good military general will tell us you can lose many battles and yet still win the war. A war isn't won or lost in only one battle.

We will often fall and give in to temptations--but what matters is that we pick ourselves up again and ask Jesus for His mercy and forgiveness--and the good Jesus is always more than willing to forgive us over and over, so long as we are sincerely sorry for our weaknesses and sins.

So, take courage and keep fighting the good fight an when you fall ask Jesus to forgive you and ask Him to pour out Hi precious blood upon you, that you may be forgiven and cleansed of all of your sins.

Best wishes and may God bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

João :D said...

Hello Mr. Dalaire. Your website is wonderful! Why dont you create a page of it in facebook? I bet it would be very famous.; Please, do it. I trust it would be very positive!

João :D said...

Also, do you think that christian mysticism and their mystics have been judgemental towards gay and other different sexual expressions Glen Dallaire? I only conect to the mystical tradition of christianity no of churchs and religious institutions.

Anonymous said...

I have come again and again to your website to read your wonderful articles. I have a great admiration to St. Gemma Galgani and to St. Padre Pio.

Thank you for providing a venue to read about our faith. On that note I would like to share also the following website about an obscure apparition site of Our Lady in Ecuador. I hope you will allow it as Our Lady appeared specifically to save souls in our time.

The story has some noteworthy Saints as well.

Thank you and God Bless you for your work in spreading the messages of Our Lord thru exemptional Lives of Saints.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for the link to the information about Our Lady of Good Success.
May Jesus bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

Unknown said...

Having only recently discovered your site I have just come across your blog on St Gemma, whom I had never heard of and was so moved by her story. I would like to thank you for your dedication to this work and will go and read more of your blogs of those saints I am unfamiliar with. Thank you for bringing a little bit of heaven into our lives.

God Bless


Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Theresa,
Thank you for your kind comments. I am really happy to hear that you are enjoying this website and that you are inspired by the holy life of St Gemma and her love for Jesus. I pray that Jesus may continue to draw you ever closer to Himself!
And may God bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

Dyann A. said...

Dear Mr. Dallaire,

Thank you for your wonderful post on St. Gemma! I would very much like to go to the website you made just for her. Is it:
St. or .org? I, but I want to check first. (My email is down--hacked no less--so can't give that to you, I'm sorry.) I have enjoyed many learning of many saints on this site here and appreciate all your work! I am a convert and I will always be Catholic. My greatest wish is to bring sinners to Jesus and to die a martyr's death--for the sake of Our Lord. I will
gladly suffer for Him a hundred times over! I do feel mu love for Jesus like aflame burning in my heart and it seems there is nothing I can do to prove my love for Him nor to suffer for Him as He suffered for me. If you have insights into this aspect, I would be glad to know them. In the world today, everyone is suffering, especially in America as far as loosing our country and what it stand for. It has left God out of the lives of many. Or those especially will not stand up for him. It is sad. Very sad. I know what pain, I can't even imagine that those who have the stigmata have but if that were the will of God I would do it. I do suffer much and I give it up for the souls in purgatory. Thank you again for this wonderful site. God Bless you and all your loved ones. Amen, amen and Hail Mary, the sweet virgin Mother of Jesus Our Lord.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Diane,
Thank you for your kind comments. I am happy to hear that you are enjoying this website! I am also very happy to hear of your love and devotion to Jesus and the Catholic church. And yes, the address for my website devoted to St Gemma Galgani is I hope that you like it also.

May God bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

Jes said...

Just... Absolutely fantastic. Wow. I'm not Catholic, but am a Christian, and even though my particular branch of worship doesn't include prescribing saints, I'm beginning to truly see the beauty, power, and peace that these amazing people carry with them. To be able to read and verify actual historical figures just brings the reality of God that much closer to me. The Bible is fantastic, but it is so hard to blindly believe all accounts of miracles as there is no way to truly verify them, and therein lies my biggest roadblock - how can I profess to be a Christian and say that I'm saved when I just don't know if I believe everything written? I always wonder if this means that I'm actually NOT good with Jesus, and that I'm a fake... scary thought, huh? Thank you so much for all of your hard work, and for sharing it with the world! There needs to be more out there like you. Thank you, thank you. Thank you. God Bless.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Jes,
Thank you for your kind comment---I am really happy to hear that you were inspired by the article.
May God bless you and your loved ones. St Gemma, pray for us!
Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...

I have a question did saint Gemma fast during the month of the sacred heart of Jesus Christ?

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Anonymous,
I personally don't recall reading anything concerning this specifically, though in general she was known to fast a various periods throughout the Church year in relation to certain feasts, and of course during Lent also. But given her special and deep devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus especially after her miraculous cure after making a Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1899, and also having received her First Holy Communion of the feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I would not at all be surprised if she honored this specific feast in June with fasting and/or special sacrifices.

May God bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

Robert R. said...

Dear Glenn.

I have been trying to thank you for the booklet on St. Gemma but your email address seems to be out of order as my email to you keeps being returned. Could you please contact me on so that I may establish direct working contact with you?

Robert Roestenburg

Unknown said...

I meant Jesus of course

Unknown said...

Dear Glenn:

Does Sr. Josefa remain Blessed? Has she yet to be canonized a Saint? If this is so, I wonder if that is her preference from Heaven, so as to receive no merit out of humility.

It seems Christ's message through Her was the step before His revelation to St. Faustina a decade later.

Chris in Florida 1-21-2019

Vijaya said...

Dear Glenn, a friend of mine introduced me to ST. Gemma several years ago, and what a friend she's been to me too. I love the booklet and holy cards and keep them near me. Thank you for all the work you do to share these beautiful mystics of the church. God bless you.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hello Vijaya,
It is great to hear from you. Thank you for your comment.
I am happy to hear of your devotion to St Gemma. I pray that she may be very close to you and may she lead you ever closer to Jesus and Mary!

May Jesus bless you and your loved ones and may the Blessed Virgin Mary cover you under Her heavenly mantle.

Anonymous said...

She is truly the lily of Lucca

Alfred Brown said...

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” –Pope John XXIII

Holy Mother, everyday brings New Hope. Each New Day is a gift from God. Please give us the grace to do our best for the glory of God.
Holy Mother, touch Eric's heart and open his eyes to see God all around him. Help to see God in all of nature. Help him to see God in others and give him the grace to find God in himself. Please help Eric come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Giving him the grace to be born again and the blessing of New Life in Christ Jesus.
Holy Mother, save your son, Eric, in the name of Jesus Christ…Amen

Anonymous said...

The older I get and the more read, I think that Catholicism may be the only Christian denomination not in error, as the other denominations seem to have dropped Mary. I spend a lot of time with a friend who is a monk in the Orthodox church and have found they are so narrow minded that they won't even see what anyone has to say if they are not orthodox.