Born in Italy into a large family and baptized Francis, he lost his mother when he was only four years old. He was educated by the Jesuits and, having been cured twice of serious illnesses, came to believe that God was calling him to the religious life. Young Francis wished to join the Jesuits but was turned down, probably because of his age, not yet 17. Following the death of a sister to cholera, his resolve to enter religious life became even stronger and he was accepted by the Passionists. Upon entering the novitiate he was given the name Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows.Ever popular and cheerful, Gabriel quickly was successful in his effort to be faithful in little things. His spirit of prayer, love for the poor, consideration of the feelings of others, exact observance of the Passionist Rule as well as his bodily penances—always subject to the will of his wise superiors— made a deep impression on everyone.
His superiors had great expectations of Gabriel as he prepared for the priesthood, but after only four years of religious life symptoms of tuberculosis appeared. Ever obedient, he patiently bore the painful effects of the disease and the restrictions it required, seeking no special notice. He died peacefully on February 27, 1862, at age 24, having been an example to both young and old.
Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows was canonized in 1920.
A Saint February 27, 2009
Way to Go Father February 2, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The Kansas Legislature’s regular chaplain wasn’t available on January 22nd, so Father Brian Schieber of Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish filled in. Here is what he prayed according to the Journal of the Kansas House of Representatives:
Gracious Father you created us in your own image and likeness and said of each and everyone of us that we are very, very good.
On this 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade we remember the over 53,000,000 beautiful, innocent unborn children who have been legally exterminated in our land.
Forgive us Lord for the times that we have not raised our voices in defense of those who have no voice.
Lord may this injustice move us to action. May we no longer stand by idle. Give us the virtue of fortitude to enact just laws that will respect the unalienable rights that you our Creator have endowed, the first of these being the right to life.
By your grace, guide us to transform this culture of death into a culture of life and a civilization of love. May we here in the heartland of America have hearts on fire for life and liberty and love. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Several legislators objected in press accounts. Speaking to AP, “Prayers ought to be more ecumenical,” said Rep. Tom Sawyer, a Wichita Democrat. “It’s supposed to be a prayer that all 125 people will feel comfortable praying.”
Discomfort can be a sign of conscience. Thanks for your witness Father Schieber.
And thanks to Dust of the Time for posting on this. For some reason I didn’t see it in The Star.