Saint Gabriel Possenti Minibook
Title: Saint Gabriel Possenti
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: Printed minibook
Saint Gabriel Possenti
Co-Patron of Italian Catholic Youth
St. Gabriel Possenti was twenty-four years old when he died. We are always asked the question, “Why does God take someone in the prime of their life and snuff out that life?” We don’t really know the answer, but we can muse; we can speculate; we can try to understand what God’s plan for a particular person at a particular time might be. Or we might try to determine how the life of that person can change the world of his time or ours.
Francesco Possenti was such a person! He was given to us to do great things for the Lord; not only in life but in death. He made such an impact on the people of his time that he became known as a Saint of the Youth. He was born in Assisi on March 1, 1838. What was going on in Assisi and Italy in 1838 which would cause the Lord to bring a special child into the world, who would glorify His Name in twenty-four short years, much like our Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux? Why did the Lord choose Assisi as his birthplace, that famous city graced by the presence of God’s other special son, St. Francis?
Born in Assisi, he moved to Spoleto before a great Cholera epidemic broke out.
Come to Morrovalle, near the Adriatic Sea, where he spent most of his life as a brother, and then to Isola di Gran Sasso, high on a mountain, where he died.
Special scenes of his life and miracles from his Shrine in Teramo.