**Saint Gemma is taught how Mary suffered in union with Jesus. **
This article is taken from the Italian book “La Povera Gemma” written by Padre Enrico Zoffoli C.P. and published in 1957. The book is a 1014 page hagiography on the life of St Gemma. The webmaster would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Rita Dunn for translating it into English for this website. May God bless her for her efforts.
Art. 4-Page 611
The spiritual life of Gemma is inseparable from the meditation on the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin, even more so then in many other souls. It could not be otherwise… the contrary, in fact, would be surprising. This [devotion to the Motherhood] stems from the spontaneous, warm, child-like temperament of a very young girl who became an orphan, stricken by grief that would prompt her to run through the steep road that brings one to the summit of Calvary.
We hear again and again her voice more eloquent than any other soul in transmitting the tone of her relationship with her “Mom”; and the “reply” from Who destined Gemma to the same kind of martyrdom.
**'Oh, if at least the Mom of Jesus would love me…if only I could become worthy of being called ‘daughter’! I tell you, how many times this good Mom overlooked all my sins! How many times She was to me a loving Mother! Will She still be so when Jesus goes away? Is it true?..If Jesus leaves, I want my Mom. If Jesus does not want me and I have to live without Jesus, I want to be heard at least by Her;…I will not be able to be without my Mom. Oh, my Mother! I love you so…"**169.
In this way she expressed her sentiments to Fr. Germano in times of trial. Gemma was right to use such familiarity of speech because of her long experience with the Virgin since her tender age:
**“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…” **170.
In fact the Madonna appears to her, caresses her, kisses her and reprimands her, She wants a saint at all costs.
She is also her only refuge: "You must make peace between Jesus and me " - exclaims Gemma during an ecstasy in which she was afraid to have lost the Divine Son - “Oh Mom, do not abandon me!.. Who will help me?..Do not go away…”
In another circumstance Gemma’s spirit exults :“Oh dear dad (Fr. Germano) you should see how beautiful is that Mother!..Today there is a great feast for Her in Heaven. Jesus gives great glory to His and my Mom. See dear dad…She is so beautiful that words can not tell! The Eternal Father gave Her a crown made of His Holy Love…”
"How beautiful is Communion made with the Heavenly Mother! Dear dad, do you know what flight my heart feels in that precious moment? In only these words : ‘Oh my Mom, how happy I am in calling you so! My heart jumps as when I remember Jesus’.
And She replied to me : ‘You are happy in calling me Mom and I exult in calling you daughter!’.
2.bp.blogspot.com/_kEFTmMk3e5c/Sb5yPxC-cBI/AAAAAAAAA6I/UpWJ4GZDV0o/s400/Blessed+Virgin+Mary+Statue+owned+by+St+Gemma.jpg(Figure on the Left is a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows venerated in the Galgani’s home and then donated from Gemma to her “protege”, engineer Carlo Giannini.)
One day, Gemma repeated at least 3 times these words- “…Those are moments in which I feel like I am in Heaven.”
“Let us reflect well dear dad on the Feast of the Heavenly Mother. Is it not the most beautiful day of the year? The soul on that day is consoled with serene peace and forgets the storms of this world… Yes , Yes I have felt many times that the Feast of the Heavenly Mother is always for me a highest day of peace; a day of greater love and santification for all…"
So moving is the ecstasy of May 24th 1900 in which Gemma calls her “Mom” 23 times. On August 25th of the same year she repeats this beautiful name wholeheartedly 30 times…