Prayers, Quips and Quotes: Bl. Maria Gabriella, Feast Day April 22




Bl. Maria Gabriella
Bl. Maria Gabriella

 

The feast day of Bl. Maria Gabriella is celebrated on April 22.

Bl. Maria Gabriella was born in 1914 in Sardinia, Italy. She was the fifth child of eight children. Her father was a shepherd. As a child she was strong willed and rebellious. At the age of 18 her temper calmed down. After the death of her younger sister she joined the “Azione Cattolic” which was a Catholic youth movement.

 

At the age of 21 she entered the Trappestine monastery of Grottaferrata. She offered her prayers to heal divisions and prayed for Christian unity. She is credited with the beginning of the ecumenical movement in Italy.

 

Bl. Maria came down with tuberculosis and 15 months later died in 1930 at the age of 25. She was beatified on Jan. 15, 1982 by Pope John Paul II on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

 

To come to possess all, desire the possession of nothing.  To arrive at being all,  desire to be nothing.  To come to the knowledge of all, desire the knowledge of nothing.

 

Quote of St. John of the Cross; Feast day December 14

 

April is the Month of the Eucharist.

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