Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Dear Glenn Dallaire,
I am sending this testimony to you, for you to post on your website, if
you choose to do so.
About this time last year (first half of 2011) I contacted you by your
mailing address and shared with you that I was strongly drawn to Saint
Gemma Galgani, although I did not know why at that time. I requested Holy
Cards and a medal of Saint Gemma. I received them in a timely manner, of
which I thank you again.
Shortly after I received them, during my monthly appointment with my
Spiritual Director and Father Confessor, I shared with him that I was
strongly drawn to this Italian Saint, and, in short, introduced him to
Saint Gemma, but, I did not know why I was so drawn to her.
Fast forward to November, 22, 2011, I was medically diagnosed with "Spinal
stenosis", as well as a collapsed vertebrae in my lower Lumbar (L-5) and
lesser spinal concerns, all causing a serious concern to me in several
life areas; one being, as I am Sacristan at a monastery. After receiving
the news, I asked myself, how am I going to daily get through my
responsibilities in the midst of this advancing spinal pain?
It wasn't until I revisited your website promoting Saint Gemma that I
realized that she is the Patron Saint of spinal ailments, spinal injuries,
spinal diseases, as well as headaches and migraine sufferers. I finally
got the connection! Glenn, I have never been the same since. This recent
diagnoses, has humbled me in a way I never would have expected. As Saint
Gemma's hand is extended to me, I yield in response to God's Will as I
reach out to take the hand of this young Italian Saint. I can truly say
that Saint Gemma has become a close, personal friend of mine, on three
specific accounts; she is the Patroness of:
1) Those suffering with back injury or back pain (arthritis, spinal
disease, spinal injuries, headaches and migraines).
2) Those struggling with temptations due to severe demonic attacks
(specifically those striving for greater purity).
3) Greatly feared by the evil spirits and very strong in spiritual warfare.
I now daily walk with Saint Gemma in a deeply personal way, and it is most
comforting to me that we walk together, through my pain and my many
Since I have broken the news of my medical diagnose to my family and
friends, I have introduced them all to Saint Gemma. I know God is moving
in a most wonderful way in my life.
May God be glorified as we daily walk together, hand in hand - confidence
in every step!
Saint Gemma pray for us!
Brother Michael O.S.B.
Saint Bernard Benedictine Abbey
"Enjoy the fragrance of eternal life, breathed on you by means of the Sacraments."
- Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor.