Saint Gabriel Possenti Early Years
Before taking the name of Brother Gabriel, Possenti was known as Francesco. He dressed in nice clothes, loved to dance, was a marksman, and an experienced horseman. Saint Gabriel Possenti was also a ladie’s man, engaged to two women at the same time. His friends and family were flabbergasted when he made the announcement that he was joining the Passionist Order.
Saint Gabriel Possenti Became a Passionist Monk
Saint Gabriel’s drastic lifestyle change took place because he had become gravely ill twice before his decision to become a monk. Both times, he prayed to get well, promising that he would dedicate his life to God. He was cured on both occasions but did not keep his promise.
Saint Gabriel Possenti was watching a church procession where an image of Our Lady was being carried. Our Lady looked at Francesco saying, “Keep your promise.” Francesco was so stunned; he kept his promise and entered the Passionist Order.