Recent stories of St Gemma's intercession and also some photographs of the Saint Gemma Chapel in Sittard, Netherlands
I often receive emails and letters about the heavenly help and intercession of Saint Gemma in the lives of people throughout the world. I just received a couple of these remarkable stories yesterday, along with another email about a pilgrimage made to the St Gemma Chapel, in Sittard, Netherlands, so I thought I would put them together in an article here.
The first part of this article concerns the remarkable intercession of St Gemma in the grace of a healing from a back-spinal problem due to an accident 10 years ago (in 2001). I have received permission from the recipient of this grace (Patricia) to publish her email here. This grace occurred right after a Mass that was part of an all day Church festival in New Jersey in honor of St Padre Pio, and the email was written to the pastor of the Church where this grace occured. (Note: I removed email addresses and last names for privacy purposes -webmaster)
From: (address withheld)
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2011 10:59 AM
To: (address withheld)
Subject: your previous festival
I have a miraculous story to tell.
My husband and I attended your festival in September. We live in Delaware County, PA; outside of Philadelphia. Your festival was advertised in church bulletins in our area. We decided to come, and we knew about the blessing with relics.
We arrived at your lovely parish as blessings were still going on. We were in line and approached the priest. I do not know the name of this priest, but he was a balding gentleman with some dark hair, and he wore glasses. As you enter from the church's main entrance this priest was in the far right aisle. My husband was in back of me. I told this priest that I have had constant back pain since an accident(in 2001). I had been told I would always have trouble.
The priest took out part of the stole he was wearing; it had an image of Saint Gemma Galgani on it. Father had my husband place and hold the stole on my back with the image against my back. Father said a prayer, and as prayer was said; I felt intense heat on my back where stole was resting. After the blessing, I mentioned this to Father, and he said "praise God". Father also checked if my husband's hand was warm, and it was not; we were also told that Saint Gemma suffered back pain, and was patroness of back sufferers.
Father, I had that heat feeling the rest of that day, it did not leave till late at night. It is now October 10th, and I have had no back pain, I walk better, and my stamina is back. I truly believe Saint Gemma has interceded for me.
Thank you for reading this; I had to share. If you recognize the brief description of this priest, please relay this message. God bless!
Patricia (Last name witheld)
Glenolden, PA 19036
The second story of Gemma's recent intercession comes from a friend in St Gemma named Jim Dunning. Some might recognise this name as Mr. Dunning wrote an article about Gemma for this website, along with numerous other articles for my "Mystics of the Church" website. Awhile back I had mailed Jim a couple of the St Gemma photo holy prayer cards that I offer, and he gave one to his friend who was in the hospital suffering with cancer. Additionally, he states that he "said 3 Novena's to Gemma" for her intercession. In his email he writes:
"Could you possibly let me have another photo of St. Gemma Galgani? I lent one to a friend who was in hospital for 6 months with cancer. She has made a remarkable recovery (and still has the photo...)! I said 3 Novenas to Gemma, which may account for her cure."
Jim additionally wrote how grateful her husband was for her remarkable recovery.
The last part of this article is simply some photos that were just shared with me from a friend in St Gemma named Bram who recently made a pilgrimage to the St Gemma Chapel in Sittard, The Netherlands.