St. Gabriel Possenti of the Sorrowful Mother is one of our simplest Saints. Born before St. Therese of Lisieux, he nonetheless ended up having a spirituality very similar to hers – in his words, “Our perfection does not consist of doing extraordinary things but of doing the ordinary well.” Before he entered the Passionist order, he was popular and worldly, though his childhood was marked with the death of four of his siblings and his mother.
He also was sickly throughout his whole life, twice very seriously to be point of near death, but both times he prayed for a cure, promising Mary that he would become a religious brother if he was healed. Both times he was healed and both times he put off joining an order.
Not much is known of his life because he asked for all his writings to be burned when he died – which they did.
Nonetheless, his life made such an impact on a young St. Gemma Galgani, that she prayed to him for a healing of an illness so bad it was preventing her from joining an order. He appeared to her one night and healed her, and his intercession has obtained many miracles through the ages.