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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Her Healing and the Gifts She Received
Our Lady Visits with her Daughter St. Gemma
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