Gemma however, wanted silence and retirement, and more that ever, she desired to pray and speak only to God.
Gemma returned home and almost immediately became very ill with meningitis.
He said, "She died with a smile which remained upon her lips, so that I could not convince myself that she was really dead." She was beatified in 1933 and canonized on May 2, 1940, only thirty-seven years after her death.
Gemma's stigmata would continue to appear until the last three years of her life, when her confessor forbade her to accept them.
Through her prayers, this phenomenon ceased, but the whitish marks remained on her skin until her death.
Most of her severe penances and sacrifices were hidden from most who knew her.
In January of 1903, Gemma was diagnosed as having tuberculosis.
Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers and her fellow pupils.