In the dining room of
the Giannini home there is a large stunning crucifix. Gemma often
venerated it. Once in 1901 Gemma, who was preparing the table by
herself for the family dinner, had some extra time. She gave the
crucifix a loving glance. The more she looked at Him, the more her
heart beat in her breast and yearned. She finally exclaimed, “O
Jesus, let me come to Thee, I thirst for Thy life-giving Blood.”
The image transformed itself into the Divine Person it represented.
Jesus detached His right arm from the cross and called her to Him.
She, in an instant, was with Him. He pressed her to His Side and
she, standing as if on a cloud and embracing Him with both arms,
in blessed rapture drew from his Sacred Heart long draughts of love.