Prayers and sayings of Saint Gemma Galgani


Prayers and sayings of St Gemma Galgani

"Can You see that as soon as the day breaks I think of You? As evening comes, I am near You.... I am near You at every moment. I love You, Jesus...."

“Oh, if all were to know how beautiful Jesus is, how loving He is! They would all die of love. And yet, how is it that He is so little loved? Oh, it is time lost to be with creatures! Our heart is made to love one thing only, our great God.”

"Fire! Fire in my heart! This morning it is burning...... Dear Jesus, I love you so much! I shall endeavor always to love You; I shall live to love You; I shall die to love You!" ....Give me wings oh Jesus, so I can fly to Your throne! "

“I am happy in every way that Jesus wills, and if Jesus wants the sacrifice of my life, I give it to Him at once. If He wants anything else, I am ready. One thing alone is enough for me; to be his victim, in order to atone for my innumerable sins, and if possible, for those of the whole world”

Upon receiving Holy Communion Gemma says “As soon as Jesus arrived on my tongue (the cause so often of so many sins) Jesus made Himself felt immediately. I was no longer in myself, but Jesus was in me; He descended into my breast (I say breast because I no longer have a heart since I gave it to Jesus’ Mother.) What happy moments I spent with Jesus! How could I return His affections? With what words can I express His love; and for this poor creature? Yet, He did deign to come. It is truly impossible, yes, it is impossible not to love Jesus. How many times He asked me if I love Him; if I truly love Him. And do You still doubt it, my Jesus? So, He unites ever closer to me, talks to me, says He wants me to be perfect, that He loves me so very much and that I should reciprocate.

"Oh Jesus, why am I not burned up with love for you? Why is it that my heart is not consumed with Loves flame? Why is it that my love does not correspond to yours? Oh Jesus, how much time I have lost! How many years I could have loved you, and did not do so! But your bounty makes me hope that I may make up for lost time.
Why did you suffer for me, dear Jesus? For love! The nails...the crown...the cross...all for love of me! For You, I sacrifice everything willingly. I offer you my body with all its weakness, and my soul with all its love. My God, dear Jesus, remove whatever malice may be at the bottom of my offering, and then accept it. Do not abandon me, Jesus. I am Yours. Take care of my soul. Think of what you have borne to save it. Surely they are right who say 'To suffer is to love'."

"You see, my Jesus, that I have such great confidence in You that if I saw the gates of Hell open and I stood on the brink of the abyss, I should not despair. And even if I saw heaven and hell against me, still I would not despair of Your mercy, because I would put my faith in You. You are so compassionate, so merciful!"

"Yesterday on approaching the Most Blessed Sacrament, I felt myself burning and I had to withdraw. I am astounded that so many who receive Jesus are not reduced to ashes."

"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 open them to your infinite merit. Since you willed to die for my sins, grant me forgiveness for all of them. Thus, I may no longer feel the burden of my sins, a burden that oppresses me beyond measure.
Assist me, dear 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 holy will. At the same time, dear Jesus, enlighten me so that I may walk in your holy light. Amen."

Jesus says to Gemma in an ecstasy:
“My child, I have need of victims; strong victims, in order to appease the just anger of my Divine Father. I need souls who, by their sufferings, trials and sacrifices, make amends for sinners and for their ingratitude. Oh, if I could make all understand how angry My Father is by the impious world!”
“Jesus is the owner of my heart, and belonging to Him I find that I can smile even in the midst of tears. I am happy, even though I am surrounded by many sad happenings.”
..Oh God, I am weak….give me a little strength. No matter what will happen to me, all is for You.

“In this world everything wearies me and weighs upon me; I desire nothing, only to love, to love, to love. I give vent as much as I can in aspirations and prayers; thus I pass my days.”…

“Oh Lord, what are all the consolations of the earth without You?

"Dear Blessed Mother, lend me Your heart. I look for it each day to pour my troubles into."

“…I will seek You everywhere. I will love You always. What have You done Jesus? What have You done with my poor heart that makes it always yearn for You? I wish that my voice could reach throughout the earth; I would call all sinners and tell them all to come into Thy Heart! Oh! If all poor sinners were to come into this Heart! Come, come sinners; do not be afraid. The sword of Justice will not reach you here. Oh, I cannot bear it. I must give vent, I must sing, I must exult. Infinite love forever! Heart of my Jesus forever!”

"I cannot understand Jesus how You, Who are so glorious in heaven, can come and hide Yourself in my heart. Oh!....in my heart, cause a flame to come down and consume all my sins! Oh Jesus, grant me a taste of Your Paradise for only a instant. Oh holy Angels, I can do nothing!....you at least proclaim the love of Jesus! ......See Jesus, I am surrendering to Your holy love..."

See also this posting for more quotes of St Gemma Galgani:
http://www.stgemmagalgani.com/2008/09/words-and-quotes-of-st-gemma-galgani.html

For prayers to St Gemma, seeking St Gemma's intercession:
http://www.stgemmagalgani.com/2008/09/prayer-of-st-gemma-galgani-to-obtain.html

Source for this information is from "The Life of Saint Gemma Galgani" by Venerable Germanus C.P., "The Autobiography of St. Gemma Galgani" and "The Cross in My Heart -The Life of St. Gemma Galgani" and other sources.



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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for introducing me to this wonderful site and to St Gemma. St Gemma, pray for us. God bless you!

Anonymous said...

It's a very beautyfull site and the life of Saint Gemma is very interesting. Thank you very much

Janet said...

I hadnever heard of St Gemma before. Thankyou for publishing so much about her.
J.C.

Tomas said...

when I look at St. Gemma I feel very meek and unworthy of even her blessings as I find her amazing faith to be so overwhelming I pale in comparison. I pray to her that I may attain even a wee modest .01% of her faith so I may lead a better more improved life. I thank you God for bringing St. Gemma to my attention and I pray too for all of us as there is not a sinner alive who does not need prayers. Thank you God for the gift of your saint.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Tomas,
Believe me, you are not alone in feeling humbled by St Gemma's heroic example and her extraordinary love for God. But then, this is a big part of the reason, I think, that God gives us the Saints---to inspire us to love Him ever more, even with all of our hearts like St Gemma did. And then He gives them to us as our heavenly friends, that they might pray for us, and to help us to obtain the graces that we need from Him.

May St Gemma be your special friend and may she lead you ever closer to her beloved Jesus!
~St Gemmma, pray for us!
Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...

I am a new convert to the Catholic faith and St. Gemma really seemed to reach out to me I was planning taking St.Francis if Assisi as my confirmation saint but then I came across St.Gemma then I was in a delima which saint for confirmation. I ordered the St.Gemma medal and it arrived three days late it was mailed to the wrong street name. The street name was Peter. I think God made it clear.

Saku Yuu said...

The practice of confirmation names isn't done in my country, but I live in Ireland now, wo I was free to choose a confirmation name for myself, and I chose St. Gemma's name. She has always struck me as so special in her quiet, accepting suffering and her unfaltering, dramatic love to God. I hope I can be more like her.

St. Gemma, pray for us!

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