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Feast of Saint Gabriel Possenti

(1838 – 1862)

St. Gabriel Possenti, also known as St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, was one of thirteen children born to a well-to-do Italian family in Assisi.

As a young man he enjoyed the society and the worldly life of a typical teenager.  He was known as a fancy dresser and a good dancer, he possessed good horsemanship and marksmanship, he frequented parties, and twice was engaged to be married.  After his graduation from school he shocked everyone by announcing that he was going to be a Passionist priest, having been inspired to his vocation by the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom his family had a great devotion.  His life was then marked with prayer, sacrifice, and devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, taking the religious name Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother.

He was stricken with tuberculosis about a year before he was to be ordained, and died at the age of 24.  Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, including the healing of St. Gemma Galgani.  St. Gabriel Possenti is the patron saint of Catholic youth, seminarians, clerics, students, and Catholic Action.

His feast day is February 27th.

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I will attempt day-by-day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God’s holy will, not my own.”

Saint Gabriel Possenti

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Our perfection does not consist of doing extraordinary things but to do the ordinary well.”

Saint Gabriel Possenti

st gabriel of our lady of sorrows

Saint Gabriel Possenti, of Our lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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