Nine days of prayer with Saint Gabriel Possenti, C.P.
Saint Gabriel Possenti was born in Assisi, Italy on March 1, 1838. His mother died when he was a small child, leaving a family of thirteen children. His father, who was Governor of Assisi, had to bring up his family alone.
As a young man, Gabriel was lively, intelligent and popular at school. A successful career seemed to be waiting for him. Yet God called within his heart and led him another way. Gabriel chose religious life.
To the surprise of everyone, he entered the Passionist Community and spent his remaining years in prayer, study, and reflection. His father, who thought he was wasting his life, did all he could at first to dissuade him from becoming a Passionist.
Gabriel, through his devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, received strength to bear the pain of being misunderstood by those he loved. He continued to grow strong in faith and holiness, while at the same time his physical strength diminished, weakened by sickness and the demands of the life he now led.
He died in 1862 at the age of 23, just before his ordination to the priesthood.
Come to my aid, O God.
O good Saint Gabriel,
(Here mention your request.)
us by your prayers
they place the gospel
me in the morning,
me when it's dark, Lord;
your call lead me on,