A remarkable recovery from cancer through the intercession of Saint Gemma and Our Lady of Montenero


Father Luca Bernardo Giustarini
A little boy's surprising recovery from a cancerous brain tumor
April 4, 2013, LIVORNO and LUCCA, ITALY

As of today, 3 1/2 year old Giulio is completely normal, but in January of this year (2013) he was very sick with a cancerous brain tumor. Giulio's father Marco relates what transpired: "My son came home from kindergarten on January 7, 2013 saying that he had a severe headache . We took him to the hospital in Pontedera where we were reassured that it was nothing serious. But the pain did not go away and became worse. And so we decided to take him to the childrens hospital Meyer di Firenze . On January 11, the doctors told us that my son had a tumor in the cerebellum and they needed to operate immediately, otherwise there was no hope. That evening, January 11, I was desperate. I left from Meyer di Firenze (Hospital) and I came to Montenero [Our Lady of Montenero Sanctuary] to see Father Luca who had baptized Giulio, and we prayed together and made ​​a vow."

Concerning Marco's evening visit to Our Lady of Montenero Sanctuary on the night before Giulio's operation Father Luca Giustarini, the pastor of the sanctuary states: "I advised Marco to pray to St. Gemma Galgani, and to bring him [Giulio] here to Montenero. We prayed to the Saint so that the child may be cured. The day after the family returned to Meyer, and the tumor was removed." 

And so it was that the next day, January 12, 2013, the surgeons at Meyer di Firenze  childrens hospital removed a tumor in the cerebellum that had put little Giulio in grave danger. But afterwards it was the fast and complete recovery that impressed the physicians and the parents the most.

The grateful parents before the niche in honor of St Gemma at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero in Livorno, Italy
"The vow must be kept"
On April 3, 2013 Marco and his wife Jessica returned to the Sanctuary of Montenero. He and Jessica met again with Father Luca Giustarini "because together with him we must live up to the vow (promise) that we made ​​the night of January 11, on the eve of the terrible operation. With Father Luca we will walk to Lucca to pray in the church of Santa Gemma and thank her because she has graced my baby. We will depart from here and will walk to Lucca."

And remarkably this is not the first time that Father Luca will be making the walk of thanksgiving in honor of the Virgin Mary and St Gemma- in fact, it is the third walk to the monastery of St Gemma for Father Luca. Concerning this Father Luca explains: "From here [Partiremo] to Lucca is 34 km. The first time I went to Santa Gemma in Lucca on foot was in 2008 when I became pastor of Montenero. This second time it happened because a child of one of our parishioners was healed [through the intercession of S. Gemma] of the same cancer that Giulio also had. So now this is the third time that I walk to Lucca, this time with Marco."

The Bishop of Livorno devotes part of his Easter Homily to relating Giulio's remarkable recovery
The bishop of Livorno, His Excellency Simone Giusti, chose to devote part of his Easter homily "by telling the story in which prayers and scalpels are intertwined."
For now, the bishop and the pastor of Montenero will not call it a miracle, preferring to call it a "grace" obtained through the "overnight prayers" at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero, the patron saint of Tuscany. The bishop recalled the prayers and the vow to S. Gemma Galgani, and then the surgery and the remarkable recovery afterwards.

Giulio's father Marco continues: "Subsequent investigations have confirmed that Giulio did not need to do any chemotherapy. Thank God he is completely fine. He's back in kindergarten and plays without realizing that something extraordinary has happened; we will tell him when he grows up. My life and that of my family have changed. At night I feel the need to pray to Our Lady of Montenero for all the children admitted to Meyer [hospital] in thanksgiving for everything. I am the happiest man in the world. Indeed, we are the happiest family in the world!"
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The Madonna of Montenero with the Child Jesus
In another article here, Father Luca relates more about the first remarkable recovery of another child in 2011 thru the intercession of Our Lady of Montenero and Saint Gemma, which he referred to in the above article:
"The child was a sparrow of a few months when he was diagnosed with a serious tumor of the cerebellum; his condition was so severe that we baptized and confirmed him with the consent of the bishop. Then they performed a surgery at Meyer. " 

Father Luca continues explaining why this morning at dawn he and a group of about fifty faithful departed from Partiremo to walk to Lucca.
"In prayer, in the light of faith, I prayed to Our Lady of Montenero and Saint Gemma Galgani. I made a vow, saying I was going to walk up to Lucca, along with parishioners who had also promised to go and pray in the monastery-convent of Passionist nuns that houses the remains of Saint Gemma. "
The group of pilgrims belonging to the parish of Our Lady of Montenero "carried the crucifix and the sacred image of Saint Gemma," explains the priest. Upon arrival we celebrated  Mass, then we went back: but this time using public transport. "
Father Luca is closely tied to the cult of Saint Gemma: "I'm originally from Grosseto and in that area - he explains - is very strong tradition of devotion to this saint [Gemma]: she was not a nun, but a girl who is almost our contemporary, as she died in 1903. She died at 25 years and had the stigmata."

"In December two years ago" - explained in the parish priest -"the body of the saint for the first time came from Lucca and was brought here to the Montenero Sanctuary for the devotion of the faithful."
Even before today, Father Luca is not new to this pilgrimage: "I went to Lucca on foot three years ago, when I was appointed pastor [of Our Lady of Montenero],  to pray that I would be able to perform well in this task. And in that case thankfully fifty faithful had also joined me."

-Some of the news articles that have covered Giulio's remarkable recovery:
http://www.lanazione.it/lucca/cronaca/2013/04/04/868725-piedi_fino_lucca.shtml

http://www.lanazione.it/livorno/cronaca/2013/04/03/867849-livorno-montenero-bambino-miracolo-tumore.shtml

http://www.stamptoscana.it/articolo/notizie-toscana/bambino-guarisce-da-tumore-grazie-alla-madonna-di-montenero

-Our Lady of Montenero, pray for us! St Gemma Galgani, pray for us!

I shall remember always your kindness, Oh Jesus. And, this rememberance will stimulate my love.....this Divine flame, I shall keep it always in my heart. Oh Jesus, it is you alone that I wish to love! I no longer belong to myself. I am Yours." -St Gemma Galgani

6 comments:

Stephen Browning said...
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Stephen Browning said...

Praised and Blessed be Jesus Christ, Our Blessed
Mother and Saint Gemma Galgani for giving
the Grace to save these two young children.
Thanks be to God!

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Gemma Weber said...

At this time, my dad is in need of any grace from God, Mary & St. Gemma of Galgani with father Luca's assistance if possible. His name is Arthur Weber. My dad has been told by the doctors, they're 95% sure he has Multiple Myloema, a blood cancer. All the results have not come back as of yet but the one's that did keep pointing to this cancer. I plead if there is anyway in your heart that you can find time to pray for my dad even if it's just one prayer for him to feel better. I know, when it's God's will to take him home he will no longer feel any pain but he is still here with us and we don't want him to suffer. He's been through great deal of pain throughout his life prior to this diagnosis. We just want him to be better and hope with prayer God will grant a grace for him. I am forever great full for even one prayer.

Glenn Dallaire said...


Hi Gemma,
I pray that Jesus may strengthen and heal your dad, and may He may draw your dad ever closer to himself. In Jesus holy Name, AMEN +

May God bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...

Dear St Gemma I come and pray for your intercession for me .I just found out the result of my MRI about a growth in my pancreas.I pray it is not cancerous and malignant.I have prayed your Tridium before and continue to pray to you.I also have another grace to ask you for my husband Sonny who has been suffering from back pain.Please help him.Thank you St Gemma.

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