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The Life of St. Gemma Galgani [Paperback]

By Venerable Germanus (Author), Germanus (Author) & O. S. B. Fr a. M. O'Sullivan (Translator)
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A beautiful Italian girl who lived in obscurity, died at 25, and yet has become known worldwide as "The Gem of Christ." Written by her spiritual director, this is the primary source of information about her. A mystic, stigmatist, visionary, ecstatic, victim soul, discerner of spirits, seer of hidden things, prophetess, spouse of Christ, zealot for souls, devotee of the Poor Souls, she possessed every hallmark of sanctity, plus saw her Guardian Angel!

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ST. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903) was a beautiful Italian laywoman who was born near Lucca, lived in obscurity, died at only 25, and yet has become known the world over and is fondly called "The Gem of Christ." Orphaned at seven, she had nonetheless been well schooled in spirituality by her holy mother, and from that early foundation in the Faith, she quickly rose to the highest stages of sanctity and is considered by authorities on spirituality to have advanced through all nine of the classic stages of growth in holiness-which the author briefly but beautifully describes. Written by her spiritual director shortly after her death, The Life of St. Gemma Galgani is the primary source of information about this holy girl-of whom a great deal is known, because of her own writings and because her director wrote this present biography from first-hand knowledge about her. A mystic, stigmatist, visionary, ecstatic, victim soul, discerner of spirits, seer of hidden things, prophetess, spouse of Christ, zealot for souls, devotee of the Poor Souls in Purgatory, St. Gemma Galgani seemed to possess every hallmark of sanctity-and that to a marked degree. Ever humble, quiet and dignified, she detested "singularity" and contented herself with attending church only twice a day-in the morning, when she heard two Masses and received Holy Communion, and in the evening for Vespers. Outside of her family circle, no one realized she was extraordinary. But the family members with whom she lived knew, for they had all witnessed her frequent ecstasies, sufferings of the Passion of Our Lord, unusual mystical phenomena, and being incessantly harassed by the devil, right up to the end of her life. Though she kept her eyes downcast most of the time, St. Gemma was exquisite to behold, and others often found it hard to look her directly in the eye and yet withstand her gaze. Frequently, the Blessed Mother or Our Lord would appear to her, and she saw and conversed almost continuously with her Guardian Angel. Her spiritual director was convinced she had never committed a mortal sin or even a purposeful venial sin. In fact, she was so sensitive to sin that she would sweat blood on hearing God blasphemed. Her heart during ecstasy would often palpitate so greatly that it would rock her bed or chair, though she herself remained tranquil in mien. Three of her ribs were "bent" at right angles because of the exuberance of her heart during these ecstasies. And at death her heart was discovered to be greatly enlarged. Those who knew her thought she was "an angel in human flesh," and the mistress of the home where she lived-the mother of eleven young children-claimed, "I never knew of the least trouble arising in our family on her account," and "I never noticed in her the least defect." St. Gemma was totally detached from earthly things, and kept her mind and heart focused on God-to do Him service in any way she could. "With her, faith seemed no longer to be faith, but evidence." When she was in ecstasy, "one could not look at her. She did not seem to be a mortal." And Our Lord Himself gave her Communion three different times. Toward the end of her life she had wanted to become a Passionist nun, but the convent would not accept her; so she commented that though they would not have her in life, they would in death, and this prediction came true, for the Passionists possess her relics and consider her as one of their own. This book contains much, much more than all the above, and it will give everyone confidence that he or she too can attain to high sanctity, even if living as a lay person in the world. Indeed, the reader will be profoundly impressed by this Life, because, in sum, it is hard to imagine a more perfect life or one more simply and completely consecrated to Christ than that of "The Virgin of Lucca," "The Gem of Christ," St. Gemma Galgani.

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Studio: TAN Books and Publishers
Pages   349
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN  0895556693  
ISBN13  9780895556691  

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More About Venerable Germanus, Germanus & O. S. B. Fr a. M. O'Sullivan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The Venerable Father Germanus Ruoppolo, C.P., was a Passionist priest and author of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Born in 1850 at Naples, he was noted for his service as St. Gemma Galgani's spiritual director, a practice which he began in 1900. He was also a highly-esteemed theologian, practicing great piety, and authored many works on such subjects as philosophy, theology and mathematics. After St. Galgani's death, he took it upon himself to compose The Life of St. Gemma Galgani, which was published in 1914 with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. Father Germanus died on the eleventh of December, 1909.

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Biography of a Saint by her Spiritual Director  Jan 18, 2008
I have fallen in love with Gemma many times. She is definitely one of the greatest lovers to walk this earth. It is rare to have an account of a Saint by her spiritual director. Thus the stories are full of juicy holy details that will amaze you, and I hope inspire you. May Gemma's life open realms holy and beautiful in your life.

If you have an academic interested in hagiology, you will find the detail in this biography invaluable. You will read Gemma's oblations, her conversations with Jesus and Mary. You will find first-hand accounts of how she related to others in her community. And you will see the role of the devil.

Gemma confided in her spiritual director, her struggles, her love, her hopes. You will find these in the form of first-hand accounts by her director, and letters to him. This is what makes this biography stand out among others.

But probably the most inspiring part of her life for me is her love for her Master. Enough said.
Inspiring and Heroic!   Feb 23, 2007
St. Gemma Galgani is my favorite Saint! She gave her life to save souls through her tremendous sufferings, and God graced her soul with many mystical gifts. The most inspiring part of her life was the love she had for Christ. You can't help but to love Christ more after reading this book!
Great saint, great book!  Feb 22, 2007
What can I say, she is my favorite saint and this book (written by her spiritual director) is fabulous. I have read many books writted on her and the Venerable Fr. Germanus did a great job at assimilating her letters and journal into his work.
A very inspiring and edifying book  Feb 6, 2007
Anyone who reads about Saint Gemma Galgani quickly comes to love and admire her because of her great love for Jesus and Mary. While in ecstasy, she often said the most beautiful things to Jesus, telling Him how much she loved Him, expresssing the love of a heart all on fire with the love of God. This book is a very inspiring and edifying and really provides an intimate look into the life of St. Gemma Galgani. The author, Venerable Father Germanus C.P., was her spiritual director the last few years of her life. He goes into great details and gives many stories concerning Saint Gemma's extraordinary mystical life. He provides many quotes from St. Gemma's own writings, in particular her Autobiography and Diary. He also goes into detail concerning her mystical life and phenomenon, including her ecstatic visions of Jesus, Mary, St. Gabriel Possenti etc, the visions and experiences with her guardian angel who taught her many things about God, how she was cured miraculously through the intercession of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, her extraordinary battles with the Devil, how Jesus gave her his wounds and the Stigmata on Fridays etc...
But most importantly, by reading this book of St. Gemma's extraordinary life, she really inspires you to a greater love for Jesus, and she may very well become your favorite Saint and friend in Christ.

If you would like any more info about Saint Gemma Galgani, please email me at [...] Glenn Dallaire
Best Catholic Biography  Dec 30, 2003
This book, The Life of St. Gemma Galgani by her spiritual director, Venerable Fr. Germanus, C.P. is my second favorite Catholic biography of all the biographies I have read. It is an amazing book in the true sense of the word. The biography itself is fascinating, and the spiritual truths contained are, alone, worth the cost of the book.

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