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"become a saint at all costs... one lives only once"

"Padre do you know the latest idea that has come into my head?  It is to become a saint at all costs. I made this resolution yesterday evening. During my meditation I was thinking: one lives only once; it is certain that one shall die; and then one has to answer to God. And I know that this God punishes the wicked with eternal fire.

 

This malediction, Padre, causes me such fear. For the love of Jesus, send me your Angel to drive away the demon (whom, with the help of our Blessed Mother, I have overcome during the past two days;) and beg Jesus to give me the grace to fight victoriously."

 

Extract from a letter by St. Gemma Galgani to her spiritual director, Fr. Germano (he preserved), from the book: "Letters of St. Gemma Galgani" (Imp. 1946), pp. 3-4, II. Salutary Reflections And Precious Fruit Drawn From Constant Meditation on Eternal Verities.

 

 

CLICK HERE to read more letters written by "The Gem of Christ", St. Gemma Galgani.

 

Related Links:

What Determines Our Fate for Heaven or Hell? (Ourselves)

The Value of Meditating on the Passion of Jesus Christ
StGemma.com (Learn about this great Saint of the 20th century, who was both a mystic and stigmatist. The Church approved website can be read in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.)

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The TCW Staff | Reply 14.04.2022 23:41

Two Triduums in Honor of St. Gemma Galgani. A Triduum is a Latin term meaning a three day period of prayer, see: http://stgemma.com/eng_triduum.html

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