February 27                                                                                          Patron of:

GABRIEL was born at Assisi, March 1, 1838, the eleventh of thirteen children. He was devoted to the pleasures of the world but, guided by Our Lady into the Passionist Order, he became a true apostle of her sorrows.
There was nothing extraordinary about him except his faithfulness to prayer, his love of sacrifice, and his joyful spirit. At the age of 23, just as he was finishing his studies for the priesthood, was stricken with tuberculosis, and died a year later at Isola on February 27,1862.
There were no miraculous events in his life, but after his death miracles occurred at his tomb.
He is called St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother because of his great love for Mary suffering with her Son, Jesus.
O God, You taught St.Gabriel to dwell upon the sorrows of Your most sweet Mother, raised him to the glory of holiness and miracles. Grant that we may also share her sorrows and be saved by her protection.

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