“There is more sweetness
in one hour of prayer before
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
than in all the world’s crowded theaters,
and brilliant drawing rooms,
and giddy diversions, and social gatherings.”
St Gabriel Possenti
Passionist clerical student
Exemplary devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows
Feast Day: February 27
“Love Mary! She is lovable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity.” ~ St Gabriel Possenti
Saint Gabriel is remarkable because he obediently and willingly converted in a very short time from a life of excess, devoted to the pleasures of this world, to becoming inextricably linked to the Passion of Our Lord. He shows us that we are all blessed with the graces to fall in love with Our Lord, no matter what the cost.
Gabriel died at age 24 of tuberculosis and was buried the day of his death. companion in the novitiate, Bernard Mary of Jesus, exclaimed:
“Tears come to my eyes and I am filled with shame for having been so far from the virtues that he attained in such a short time.”
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St Gabriel, ora pro nobis!