It is not uncommon to read the life of a saint and to learn that when the saint was a child he or she lost one or both of parents. Part of the reason for that, of course, is that for many periods of human history prior to recent times, life expectancy has been fairly low compared to what it is today in most parts of the world. For example, thanks to advances in hygiene and medicine, there are just so many more illnesses and diseases that can be treated today that in the past would simply have resulted in death.
When God allowed this to happen to the saints, it is interesting to note how these saints dealt with such a devastating blow as losing a parent when the saint was very young.
St. Gemma and Her Early Life
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Our Lady Visits with her Daughter St. Gemma
Again she pressed me to her; she seemed to kiss me on the forehead. Then I awoke [meaning that she came out of the ecstasy], and I found myself stretched on the floor with the crucifix near me."
Learn More about St. Gemma
If you would like to learn more about the remarkable life of St. Gemma Galgani, you should read the biography which was written by her spiritual director Fr. Germanus. This is the priest that St. Gemma addressed as "dad" and who himself has been declared venerable.
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