Bl. Maria Gabriella
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/22
Patron Of: Against Death of Parents, Against Bodily Ills, Against Impoverishment, Against Poverty, Against Sickness, Sick People
Also known as
Born to a family of shepherds. As a child she was described as obstinate, critical, protesting, and rebellious - but loyal, and obedient; she would say no to a request - but act on it at once. At 18 she became gentler, her temper abated, she became involved in prayer and charity, and joined "Azione Cattolic," a Catholic youth movement. At 21 she entered the Trappestine monastery of Grottaferrata. When she was accepted, her attitude finally became "Now do what You will."
When the community's leader explained a request for prayer and offering for the great cause of Christian Unity, Maria Gabriella felt compelled to offer her young life to the cause. Though she'd never been sick before, she suddenly developed tuberculosis. In a mere 15 months spent in prayer for Unity, it took her to her death.
1914 at Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy
23 April 1939 during Vespers of tuberculosis
body found incorrupt in 1957
relics in a chapel at the monastery of Vitorchiano
25 January 1983 by Pope John Paul II
against bodily ills
against death of parents
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