Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Today is the Feast Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. This Feast was granted by Pope Pius XI to the Universal Church by a decree of April 13, 1932. The same decree ordered this Feast to be inserted in the Universal Calendar, beginning from 1934. Saint Gabriel modeled his life on that of Christ and Our Blessed Mother, committing himself to embody every virtue and shun every sin.
The Sunday after his profession Gabriel wrote to his father as follows: “Through the grace of God and the protection of Our Lady of Sorrows, and to my unspeakable joy, my desires have been fulfilled, and I have made my holy profession. Such a grace can never be valued adequately, and therefore, as I have been favoured by Almighty God with such a privilege, I feel bound by an ever-increasing obligation to correspond thereto. I leave it, therefore, to your own judgment whether or not I stand in need of the prayers of yourself and others".