“Love Mary! She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity.” ~Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother
SAINT GABRIEL OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS
Traditional February 27
Gabriel, born at Assisi in Umbria, and called Francis in memory of his seraphic fellow-citizen, gave evidence of great intelléctual gifts. As a young man, when by the gift of God's mercy he had already been called to a more perfect life, he fell ill and began to weary of the vanity of the world. Entering the Passionist congregation, he chose the name Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, in order to keep in mind continually both the joys and the sorrows of the Virgin Mary. Honouring her in every way, he was accustomed particularly to contemplating her as worn out and afflicted by Jesus' sufferings, with such sorrow that he shed a flood of tears. He kept his virginity intact, and, following the strict usage of his congregation, he lived wholly crucified to the world, for God alone. Thus he completed his short life in the exercise of all virtues ; consumed by the fire of charity rather than by the force of his illness and refreshed by the aid of God's Mother, he went to heaven in the year 1862. Pope Pius X numbered him among the Blessed ; Benedict XV, among the Saints ; and Pius XI extended his Office and Mass to the Universal Church.
“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
Patron: Abruzzi region of Italy; Catholic Action; clerics; students; young people in general.
Also known as: Francesco Possenti ~ Francis Possenti ~ Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother ~ Gabriel Possenti ~ Gabriel Marie Possenti
Commemoration of SAINT GABRIEL POSSENTI
Gabriel Possenti (1838-62), the son of a distinguished Italian lawyer, entered the novitiate of the Passionist Fathers, receiving in religion the name of Brother Gabriel of Our lady of Sorrows. The story of the remaining six years of this young saint's life is largely a record of an extraordinary effort to attain spiritual perfection in small things, but his devotion to Mary was exceptional. Pope Leo XIII said of him: "Because of his filial love for Mary at the foot of the cross, he deserves to take his place by St. John, the beloved disciple, to whom Jesus in His dying hour commended His Mother."
O God, You taught blessed Gabriel to meditate constantly on the sorrows of Your most sweet Mother, and You exalted him by glorious virtues and miracles. Through his prayers and example may we share the sorrows of Your Mother and come to eternal life under Her motherly care; who lives and rules with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
- St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother – The Passionists
- St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Bio for Families – Domestic Church
- St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Bio for Kids – Holy Spirit Interactive
- St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Bio - EWTN
- St. Gabriel’s Shrine
- Novena to St. Gabriel
- St. Gabriel’s 41 Resolutions
- Quotes of St. Gabriel
- Gallery of St. Gabriel
- Litany of St. Gabriel & MORE
Prayer to Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother
O good St. Gabriel, God inspired you to love the passion of Jesus as it was reflected in the heart of Mary, his mother. By her side, you stood beneath the cross of Jesus, gazing on him as she did, and sharing her compassion.
O St. Gabriel, we wish, like you, to grow in love for God and all his people. Remember us in the trials of our life. Remember especially those who are young and in need.
Support us, all our days, by your holy prayers. And when this life is done, may we join you in heaven in the joyful company of Jesus and Mary.
Saint Gabriel, Ora pro nobis