I am sorry, because I've been saving this saint for a while and then his feast day came and I almost missed it. If you have any time left today, please revere, and if you see this tommorrow (aka Thursday) well, I'm sure the catholics have a way of giving you back a day to revere this saint.
Today's saint is Gabriel Possenti.
Dig the outfit, he's like the Danny Zuko of saints, for cri- yi.
According to my Saint-A-Day Guide:
Gabriel's father was a lawyer and a leading Catholic layman of Assissi, begetting thirteen childreen children of his wife before she died of exhaustion. Orphaned at four, the boy was raised by Jesuits, who nicknamed him Il Damerino--the little ladies' man. As an adolescent he postponed joining the preisthood until explicitly instructed to do so by a Holy Picture of Our Lady Of Sorrows. Until his death of tuberculosisihe was a model novice, humble, obedient, and always wrapped in studdeded chains in order to mortify his potentially sinful flesh--so it is small wonder that at the time of his canonization, the Sacred Congregation of Rites recommended him as Patron of college students. But Our Saint has recently been adopted--by a Bagriel Possenti Society of Arlignton, Virginia--as the Patron Saint of handgun owners. It seems that in 1859 or '60, the village of Isola, where he lived, was threatened by Goblins--that is, a gang of Garibaldi's rebels. They were apparently subdued when the slender cassock-wearing Gabriel appeared before them brandishing a pair of pistols and, to prove he meant business, blew away a passing lizard.
If Saint Gabriel were alive today he would not be a saint, he would be Germaine Gregarious.