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Father Anthony Ho

Gemma’s angel was a frequent visitor

Voices Feb. 5, 2019

St. Gemma Galgani’s Guardian Angel told her, “Jesus loves you greatly; love him greatly in return.” (stgemmagalgani.com)

One of the most fascinating facts in the life of St. Gemma Galgani was her friendship with her Guardian Angel.

Gemma saw her Guardian Angel with her eyes and touched him with her hand as if he were a being of this world. She talked with him as one friend would with another. She said, “Jesus has not left me alone; He makes my Guardian Angel stay with me always.”

Sometimes the Guardian Angel appeared to Gemma during times of prayer. He would let her see him raised in the air with outspread wings and his hands extended over her, or joined in an attitude of prayer. At times, the angel would kneel beside Gemma and recite prayers with her.

During meditations, the angel inspired Gemma with sublime ideas and moved her affections. The subject of these meditations was mainly the Passion of Christ. He would say, “Look at what Jesus has suffered for men; consider one by one these wounds; it is Love that has opened them all. See how execrable sin is, since to expiate it, so much pain and so much love have been necessary.”

She made known to the angel her own wants and those of others. In her sufferings she wished to have him always by her side. Once, after experiencing severe temptations, the angel appeared. Gemma complained to him because she wanted help in such times. Her angel, however, assured her that whether or not she saw him, he would always be above her head.

Another time Gemma was afraid of an attack by the devil. She begged her angel to be with her while she was sleeping. When she went to bed, her angel spread his wings over her. In the morning, he was still there.

One evening, Gemma had remained in church until a late hour without noticing it. The angel came to call her and accompanied her visibly to her home.

Often Gemma asked him to bring messages to God, the Blessed Mother, and her patron saints. Sometimes, she gave the angel letters closed and sealed for them, and those letters would disappear.

During her long illness, Gemma often received consoling words from her Guardian Angel. Once, he said, “If Jesus afflicts you in your body, it is always to purify you in your soul. Be good.”

Occasionally the angel scolded Gemma severely for her faults, and would even say, “I am ashamed of you.” One time, Gemma said, “My Angel is a little severe; but I am glad of it. During the past days he brought me to order as often as three or four times a day.”

The angel also taught Gemma to speak but little, and only when she was spoken to. He reminded Gemma to guard her eyes and told her that eyes that are mortified shall behold the beauties of heaven.

With gratitude, Gemma said “Dear Angel, I so love you!” The Angel asked, “And why?” Gemma said, “Because you teach me to be good, and to keep humble, and to please Jesus.”

One night, Gemma was in bed and absorbed in prayer with deep contrition. She saw the angel standing by her bed. He said, “Jesus loves you greatly; love him greatly in return.”

Then he added: “Art you fond of Jesus’ mother? Salute her very often for she values such attention very much, and unfailingly returns the salutation offered her; and if you do not feel this, know that thus she makes a proof of your unfailing trust.”

He then blessed Gemma and disappeared.

                                                 護守天使啟發吉瑪 

談到聖吉瑪.金錦妮和她護守天使的友誼,頗引人入勝。

吉瑪可以看見自己的護守天使,用手來觸踫到他有如他是現世的人,並朋友一般地和他交談。吉瑪說:「耶穌沒有讓我獨處,祂讓我的護守天使時刻與我相伴。」

有時,護守天使在吉瑪祈禱當中出現:在半空中展開兩個翅膀,雙手展開在吉瑪上,或合拾祈禱;另些時,護守天使會跪在吉瑪身旁,和她一起祈禱。默想時,護守天使會用主要和基督苦難有關的昇華構思,啟發吉瑪;他會說:「看看耶穌怎樣為人類受苦,想想祂的每一個傷口;是愛敞開所有的傷口。罪惡是可咒駡,要有那麼多的愛和痛苦,纔可補償罪惡。」

吉瑪會向護守天使申述她和其他人的需要;在苦痛中,吉瑪要求護守天使陪伴她。曾經吉瑪陷入一次強烈的誘惑後,在見到護守天使時向他投訴,表示在受誘惑時,她希望得到幫助;護守天使向她保證,無論見到他與否,他對吉瑪都絕對不離不棄。

另外有一次,吉瑪恐怕撒旦的襲擊,哀求護守天使在她睡覺時保護她。當吉瑪就寢時,看到護守天使張開雙翼掩蓋著她;早上醒來時,還是那個模樣。

一個黃昏,吉瑪在聖堂祈禱,時間晚了卻不自覺,還是護守天使提醒她,並陪伴著她走路回家。

很多時,吉瑪會要求護守天使把訊息帶給天主、聖母及主保聖人;她把寫了信件封了口 ,並託護守天使帶給他們,而那些信件真的不見了。

在長病中,護守天使會說些安慰吉瑪的話;嘗道:「如果耶穌准許你的身體受折磨,那就是淨化你的靈魂。乖乖吧。」

不時,護守天使對吉瑪的錯誤,厲言指責:「我因你而感到羞愧!」有一次,吉瑪說:「我的天使有點嚴厲,但我喜歡。在過去幾日,一天內,他要更正我三四次。」護守天使勸誡吉瑪要小說話,別人向她說話時才發言;又提醒吉瑪謹守眼目,說明克制的眼睛將得見天堂的美麗。

吉瑪向護守天使道謝說:「我親愛的天使,我很愛你!」天使問:「為何?」吉瑪答說:「因為你教導我向善、保持謙遜和鍾悅耶穌。」

一天晚上,吉瑪在床上祈禱,正發深刻的痛悔時,看見護守天使站在床前,說:「耶穌十分愛你,你要好好回愛祂。」又說:「你喜愛耶穌的母親嗎?常常向她請安吧,因為她非常珍惜這樣的心意,必會回贈向她的請安;假如你感覺不到,知道她由此証明你不衰的信賴。」護守天使祝福吉瑪之後,後隱沒了。