St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful
Mother, C.P., played a very important role in St. Gemma's life.
He was a Passionist monk who lived from 1838-1862. He died before
Gemma was born and like Gemma was both Italian and passed away in
the flower of his youth (age 24).
St. Gemma had an extraordinary
devotion to (at that time Venerable Gabriel), whom she considered
her Patron and Protector. Gabriel appeared to Gemma many times giving
advice and words of encouragement from Heaven. He was instrumental
in miraculously healing her. In one of his apparitions to her, he
placed the Badge of the Passionists on Gemma's side and said prophetically,
"You will be a Passionist."