April 11 – St. Gemma Galgani
There are saints to whom it is better to admire but not so much imitate. Gemma was physically, and some considered psychologically, ill but she carried her multiple and rare illnesses with extreme heroism and virtue. She never wanted to draw attention to herself and yet she called it a lot by her extraordinary gifts and visions. But more important than her extraordinary visions were her virtues of charity, humility, and strength in her illness. She was always devoted to the Passion of Christ, of the Passionist Congregation.
Do you like to draw attention and have people consider and seek you? How do you react to your illness or that of members of your family?