In honor of St Gemma's birthday (March 12) I thought I would post some of my favorite quotes from her.
"Jesus, as soon as He arrived on my tongue (the cause so often of so many sins), made Himself felt immediately. I was no longer in myself but Jesus was in me; He descended to my breast. (I say breast, because I no longer have a heart; I gave it to Jesus' Mom.) What happy moments I spent with Jesus! How could I return His affections? With what words could I express His love, and for this poor creature? Yet He did deign to come. It's truly impossible, yes, it is impossible not to love Jesus. How many times He asked me if I love Him and if I truly love Him. And do you still doubt it, my Jesus? So, He unites ever more closely with me, talks to me, says He wants me to be perfect, that He too loves me very much and I should reciprocate."
-From the Diary of St Gemma
"Oh Jesus,what would have become of me, if You had not drawn me to Thee?"
"Why did you suffer for me, dear Jesus? For love! The nails...the crown...the cross...all for the love of me! For You I sacrifice everything willingly. I offer You my body with all of its weakness, and my soul with all its love."
"If all were to know how beautiful Jesus is and how loving He is! They would all die of love. And yet, how is it that He is so little loved?"
"Oh Jesus, I see You as greater than all the treasures on earth. Yes, my sweetest God, my most lovable Jesus: to my eyes You are greater than the greatest treasures on earth!"
“I greatly rejoice that time flies so quickly, because that means so much less time to spend in this world, where there is nothing to attract me. My heart goes incessantly in search of a Treasure, an immense Treasure that I do not find in creatures; a Treasure that will satisfy me and console me, and give me rest."
"It is true Jesus, if I think of what I have gone through as a child and now as a grown up girl I see that I have always had crosses to bear; But oh! how wrong are those who say that suffering is a misfortune!"
And to the Blessed Virgin Mary:
"Here I am in the month of May! I think...of the many blessings that my Mom gave me in this first years of my life, and I am so ashamed...because I have not looked at that heart and that hand that would bring me so much kindness...yes, my dear dad ( Fr. Germano) -how many times in front of an image of my Mom I have confided in Her all the anxieties of my heart! And how many times my Mom comforted me! In all my afflictions I remember that I do not have my mom on earth but I do have a compassionate One in Heaven...
....oh Mom... oh Mom! Oh, if you are my merciful Mother, then do not abandon this daughter that loves You so! Without You, who will listen to my prayers? Who will hear my vows? Without You I am like a sinner...like a beggar without help. My Mom, why would You leave me? Bring me to Heaven. Oh my Mom, you are a pure flower, a bloom from a white lily; Queen of Heaven, You who steal the most noble part of every creature like you did to me.... You have taken my heart! Return it to me now that under your embrace nothing is earthly, but all becomes heavenly. Return my heart to me….Oh Mom, you do not want to because you are jealous if I should give it to my Love. Then give it Yourself to my Jesus. Jesus loves me so much because my every breath is His, my every desire is His, and my every affection is His. Before you leave Mom bring me to Heaven!."
Her persuasive eloquence of love on behalf of sinners:
"That one," she used to say, "I want You, Jesus, to remember particularly, because I want him saved together with me." Remember my words: 'together with me.' "
"Oh Jesus, do not abandon poor sinners; think of sinners and of me. I want them all saved."
"Do You wish to know, Jesus, who has forbidden me to think about sinners? The devil. On the contrary, Jesus, I recommend them to Thee. Think of them, oh Jesus, poor sinners, and teach me to do as much as possible to save them."
"Jesus give me this soul. In exchange I will give you three years of my life."
And another time she said "....I am willing to give the last drop of my blood to satisfy the Heart of Jesus to prevent the offenses of sinners."
On the love and mercy of Jesus:
"It is an easy love, oh Jesus, to love someone Who never gets angry with those who
offend Him. Indeed, many times I have seen, oh Jesus, that while justice demands that I be punished, You take steps to prevent this punishment, even to have it withdrawn. I have found a Jesus so infatuated with my heart that He knows not how to embitter it..."
"Oh my God! ... What would you wish to do, my compassionate Jesus? ... Would you wish to make all Your merits mine? …give and appropriate to me everything that is Yours? ... And can there be a heart that will not let itself be taken over by so much charity? Can there be a soul that will not let itself be won over? Can there be a soul that will not let itself be ravished by You?
Oh my soul, how much longer do you wish to be so stingy with Jesus? ... Why so negligent toward Jesus who made you? Why so lazy toward Jesus Who redeemed you? Who do you want to love, if you do not want to love Jesus?"
"I burn, Jesus...I open my heart to you this morning... You are divine: enlighten this darkness... lift the darkness entirely until with a flame You give all of Yourself. I love You, but if it is too little, make me love You more..."
St Gemma Galgani