~ pius ix ~
Gemma’s Room at the Giannini Home

She slept on a cot without a mattress offering this penance for the Suffering Souls in Purgatory. Above her bed (as can be seen in the picture) are images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus whom St. Gemma greatly adored, and an image of Ven. Pius IX “The Scourge of Liberalism” who Gemma deeply reverenced.