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Saint of the Day for 27 February: St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows: The Saint of Youth and Patron of Hope


St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows



Baptismal name

Francesco Possenti


March 1, 1838, Assisi


Feb. 27, 1862, Isola del Gran Sasso, Teramo


27 February


2004 edition


May 31, 1908, Rome , Pope Pius X


May 13, 1920, Rome , Pope Benedict XV


O Lord, who taught St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows to meditate assiduously on the sorrows of your most sweet Mother, and through her you raised him to the highest heights of holiness, grant to us, through her intercession and example, to live so united with your sorrowful Mother that we may always enjoy her maternal protection. You are God, and you live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

Patron of

Abruzzo, Martinsicuro, Bovolenta


Of the Italian Catholic Youth, sharpshooters

Relics place

Shrine of St. Gabriel

Official website

Roman Martyrology

At Isola, in Abruzzo, St. Gabriel of the Virgin of Sorrows, Cleric of the Congregation of the Cross and Passion of the Lord, Confessor, who, illustrious during his short life for great merits and after death for miracles, by Pope Benedict the tenth-fifth was ascribed to the catalog of Saints.



The Saint and Mission

Saint Gabriel of Addolorata, known for his profound love and devotion towards the sorrows of the Virgin Mary, offers a shining example of how youth can be lived in full consonance with a profound and committed Christian mission. His short life, spent primarily within the confines of a Passionist monastery, becomes a tale of conversion, dedication and holiness that speaks directly to the heart of every young person seeking spiritual direction. The mission of San Gabriele, although lived largely in seclusion, has had an impact that goes beyond the confines of the convent, reaching believers of all ages throughout the world. His life is a testimony to the transformative power of faith and how dedication to God and the Virgin of Sorrows can lead to profound personal and spiritual fulfillment, even at a young age. Gabriel showed that holiness is not reserved for a later stage in life, but is accessible and desirable even for young people. His mission was expressed in a constant search for God’s will, demonstrating an unusual spiritual maturity for his age. Gabriele faced challenges and suffering with a joy and inner peace that came from his close relationship with God and his immense devotion to Mary. This approach to spiritual life emphasizes the importance of cultivating a personal relationship with the divine as the foundation of a full and meaningful life. Furthermore, Saint Gabriel embodied the mission of bearing witness to the faith through personal example. His kindness, his enthusiasm for monastic life and his apostolic zeal inspired many of his contemporaries and continue to be a source of inspiration. His ability to find joy in suffering and to offer his life as a sacrifice of love is a powerful reminder of the evangelical value of the cross and the redemptive power of suffering offered with love. Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows reminds us that the Christian mission is not defined by the grandeur of the works accomplished, but by the depth of the love and faith that motivate our daily actions. His life is an invitation to everyone, especially young people, to live with courage and hope, embracing the daily cross with trust in the loving guidance of God and in the maternal protection of the Virgin of Sorrows. The life of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows is a beacon of hope and inspiration, showing that holiness is possible at every age and in every state of life. His spiritual legacy continues to guide young people towards an authentic journey of faith, encouraging them to discover the beauty and joy of a life lived in full communion with God.

The Saint and Mercy

St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, the young saint who spent his short life within the confines of a Passionist monastery, poignantly embodies the concept of divine mercy through his deep devotion and love for the sorrows of the Virgin Mary . His existence, although marked by physical limitations and suffering, reflects a vivid understanding of mercy as the beating heart of the Christian message, manifested not only in his personal devotion, but also in his approach towards others. Mercy, for Saint Gabriel, was a reality experienced daily. His intense prayer life and his meditation on Mary’s pain led him to identify with the pain of others, pushing him to offer comfort and hope to those who suffered. This spiritual empathy, rooted in the contemplation of the mystery of the Cross and Mary’s compassion, demonstrates how mercy can profoundly transform the perception of pain and suffering, transfiguring them into occasions of grace and closeness to God. Furthermore, humility and The simplicity with which Saint Gabriel lived his religious vocation were authentic expressions of mercy. In everyday life, through gestures of kindness and words of encouragement, he manifested God’s tenderness towards his consecrated persons and towards all those he met. His life was a constant reminder that mercy does not require grandiose gestures, but is expressed in small actions of love and attention for others. The testimony of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows also highlights mercy as the path to holiness. His young age at the time of his death reminds us that every moment is propitious for living according to God’s mercy, welcoming his love for him and reflecting it in one’s own life. Gabriel teaches us that holiness is accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstances, when the heart opens to divine mercy and becomes an instrument of it in the world. Saint Gabriel of Addolorata is a shining example of how mercy can permeate every aspect of Christian life, transforming suffering and limitations into sources of hope and spiritual renewal. His legacy is an invitation to rediscover mercy as the foundation of our relationship with God and others, encouraging us to live every day with love, empathy and a heart open to the transformation that only God’s mercy can bring about in our lives.


Francesco Possenti was born in Assisi on March I, 1838, to a noble family. From his parents he received that Christian education which was later the germ of his vocation to the religious state. He was a very elegant young man, and was so strict in demanding that his clothes be well kept and…


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