Topic: St. Gemma Galgani (Feast Day: April 11th)
When Jesus Hides Himself
Despair would fain lay hold of me, but no, my Mother, Mater orphanorum.[Mother of Orphans]
St. Gemma Galgani described her ability to pray:
When I place myself to meditate, I use no effort. My soul immediately feels itself absorbed in the immense greatness of God now lost at one point, now at another. On entering into prayer I behold Jesus not with the eyes of my body, but I recognize Him distinctly, because He makes me lapse into a blissful abandonment and in this total surrender I know Him. His voice is heard by me with such force that, as I have often said, it cuts more than a double-edged sword, so deeply does it enter into my soul.
Venerable Fr. Germanus C.P., The Life of St. Gemma Galgani, (Tan Books), 209.
St.Gemma Galgani experienced a prayer life reserved for very few:
Infused, supernatural prayer emanating from God.
St. Gemma also experienced times when Jesus hid Himself. In these times and during great anxiety over her faults, St. Gemma turned to the Blessed Mother to keep her close to Jesus. The Heavenly Mamma embraced and pressed her to her heart especially when St. Gemma couldn't perceive Jesus. (The Life, 215)
Today, I will take the example of St. Gemma as my own. I do not hear Jesus' words in my soul, but, I can be like St. Gemma, and turn to my Heavenly Mother when Jesus hides Himself.
St. Gemma experienced a vision in which the Blessed Virgin embraced her and said,
"Yes, love Him, but love Him greatly; mind, love Him alone!"
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.