Gemma often venerated the large crucifix in the family dining room. Once in 1901, Gemma paused in her chores and gave the crucifix a long loving gaze. The more she looked at Jesus, the more her love grew. She finally exclaimed, "O Jesus, let me come to Thee, I thirst for Thy life-giving Blood." The figure of Jesus came alive and reached out His right arm to embrace Gemma. With a loving gaze He invited Gemma to embrace Him in return. She, in an instant, was with Him. Jesus pressed her to His Side and she, standing as if on a cloud embraced Him with both arms in blessed rapture.
"The inner life of another that is known to God alone becomes to a much less degree open to us through friendship. It partially fills the desire of our incomplete, lonely hearts for completeness in another. Friendship brings out the best in a person through forgetfulness of self." - St. Thomas Aquinas