“Father, do you know the latest idea that has come into my head? It is to become a saint at all costs. I made this resolution yesterday evening. During my meditation I was thinking that one lives only once, and it is certain that one is going to die; then one will have to answer to God.”
“Oh, when I see Jesus in tears it pierces my heart. I realize that I, by my sins, have increased the suffering which overwhelmed Him while He prayed in the garden. At that moment, Jesus saw all my sins, all my failings, and He saw also that place I should have occupied in hell, if Thy Heart, oh Jesus, had not pardoned me”
“This morning, after Holy Communion, Jesus seemed to let me feel His presence. Father, what moments! But all was over after a short time. I kept repeating to Jesus “My Jesus!” I was not able to express myself very well, but Jesus understood.
Bless me and pray very much for
“Listen to what I am obliged to do when I am with others and they speak of Jesus, or heaven or such things: Sometimes I am obliged to run away and hide; often I have to beg the one who is speaking to change the conversation, otherwise I feel as though I should die”
(Note: Gemma, with her heart all on fire for the love of Jesus, at times would fall into ecstasy at the mere mention of the love of Jesus or of heavenly things. In her humility, the thought that others may discover the great graces being shown to her by God, caused her great suffering. She would always humbly seek to withdraw from others to be alone when she felt herself being drawn into an ecstasy. It was also noted by her companions that because of her great love for God, she would literally faint when she would hear someone blaspheming, or cursing the name of God.)
The source for this information is from “The Letters of St. Gemma Galgani” -Translated from the Italian by the Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery -Copyright 1947. This rare book is located in the US Library of Congress website. There were only 16 copies of this book in the 1st edition. A link to the download can be found here: http://www.stgemmagalgani.com/2008/09/letters-of-st-gemma-galgani_10.html