Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Gemma Galgani
St. Gemma Galgani has a feast day of April 11th. She was born in a small Italian village in 1879 and at a very young age, she began to love prayer. She took her first communion at the age of 9 and became a student at a school run by nuns. Her teachers loved her and she was quiet and reserved, but she was always kind to everyone. She was unable to complete her studies because she became very ill. During her life, she had many special experiences and mystical graces. Those around her often misunderstood those experiences and she was often ridiculed. She always reminded herself that God was also misunderstood and she took comfort in that fact. Gemma also had a great love for the poor and she helped them in all the ways she could. When her father died, she was just 19 and she became mother to her seven siblings. She refused all marriage proposals and said that she only wanted to pray and speak to God. Whenever she was ill, she felt guilty that she was a burden on her relatives. She always wanted to become a nun, but her poor health prevented her. Because she was often ill, she became the patron saint of pharmacists.
St. Gabriel The Archangel
St. Gabriel has the feast day of September 29th. The name Gabriel means "man of God" and it first appears in the Bible when Daniel offers prophesies in the Old Testament. The angel, who goes by the name Gabriel, tells Daniel about these prophecies and his name also comes up in later books. He is the same angel who tells Zachariah about the birth of John the Baptist and he also announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit. Because St. Gabriel was a great messenger and communicator himself, he was made the patron saint of radio, broadcasters, communication, and other messengers such as postal workers.
St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
St. Gabriel was born with the name of Francesco Possenti to a professional family. He gave up any hope of a regular career in order to become an Italian passions clerical student and join the Passionist congregation. His monastery life was rather ordinary but he was known for following the rules perfectly and devoting himself to the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He died at the young age of 23 and was canonized 60 years later.