Saint Gemma Galgani Patron of Students Pharmacist & Suffering Back Illness Silver Oxidized Medal Includes a Chain Necklace Prayer Card

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Saint Gemma Galgani Patron of Students, Pharmacist and Those Suffering Back Illness Silver Oxidized Medal Imported from Italy Includes a Free Chain Necklace and a blessed Prayer Card

medal is 3/4" in diameter - enhanced bale - imported from Italy - blessed prayer card

the medal is silver oxidized - oxidizing requires less maintenance than sterling -

it resists corrosion and tarnish - the chain is silver plated over an anodized base

anodizing is a process used to strengthen metal - will not tarnish - looks and wears like silver

the bead chain is 18" long - barrel closure - comes gift boxed - both the chain and the card are free with your purchase

Maria Gemma Umberta Galgani (March 12, 1878 – April 11, 1903) was an Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church since 1940. She has been called the "Daughter of Passion" because of her profound imitation of the Passion of Christ

Gemma Umberta Maria Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in the hamlet of Camigliano in the provincial town of Capannori.Gemma was the fifth of eight children; her father, Enrico Galgani, was a prosperous pharmacist.

Soon after Gemma's birth, the family relocated north from Camigliano to a large new home in the Tuscan city of Lucca in a move which was undertaken to facilitate an improvement in the children's education. Gemma's mother, Aurelia Galgani, contracted tuberculosis. Because of this hardship, Gemma was placed in a private nursery school run by Elena and Ersilia Vallini when she was two-and-a-half years old. She was regarded as a highly intelligent child.[1]

Several members of the Galgani family died during this period. Their firstborn child, Carlo, and Gemma's little sister Giulia died at an early age. On September 17, 1885, Aurelia Galgani died from tuberculosis, which she had for five years and Gemma's beloved brother Gino, died from the same disease while studying for the priesthood.

Saint Gemma is alleged to have experienced stigmata on June 8, 1899, on the eve of the feast of the Sacred Heart. She writes:

I felt an inward sorrow for my sins, but so intense that I have never felt the like again ... My will made me detest them all, and promise willingly to suffer everything as expiation for them. Then the thoughts crowded thickly within me, and they were thoughts of sorrow, love, fear, hope and comfort.

Physician Pietro Pfanner who had known Saint Gemma since her childhood examined her claims of stigmata. He observed hysterical behaviour and suspected she may have suffered from a form of neurosis. Pfanner examined Gemma and noted spots of blood on the palms of her hands but when he ordered the blood to be wiped away with a wet towel there was no wound. He concluded the phenomena was self-inflicted. This was confirmed on another occasion by Gemma's fostermother Cecilia Giannini who observed a sewing needle on the floor next to her.

Psychologist Donovan Rawcliffe has written that her stigmata was caused by "self-inflicted wounds of a major hysteric."

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