Monday, April 26, 2010

Feast of Saint Gianna

April 28th is the Feast of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla. I have a special fondness and devotion to her for many reasons, including that she was a mother of young children while also being a physician. While I am not a physician nor is my work as a veterinarian any where near as valuable or life changing as her work with the poor and elderly, I nonetheless feel connected to her in that way. First and foremost though she was a mother who taught her young children in words and action a life of faith and love. I pray everyday and especially today that I can emulate her life and for her to ask Jesus and the the Virgin Mother to look down on me and my family and bless us.
I think the most important thing you can do today in her honor to savor the day with your children, soaking up all their sweetness. St. Gianna gave her life for her youngest child and would have treasured just one more day with her precious babies.
Pray the prayer of Saint Gianna
Prayer of Saint Gianna God our Father we praise You and we bless you because in St Gianna Beretta Molla you have given us one who witnessed to the Gospel as a young women, as a wife, as a mother, and as a doctor. We thank you because through the gift of her life we can learn to welcome and honor every human person. You, Lord Jesus, were for Gianna a splendid example. She learned to recognize you in the beauty of nature. As she was questioning her choice of vocation she went in search of you and the best way to serve you. Through her married love she became a sign of your love for the Church and for humanity. Like you, the Good Samaritan, she cared for everyone who was sick, small or weak. Following your example, out of love she gave herself entirely, generating new life. Holy Spirit, Source of every perfection, give us wisdom, intelligence, and courage so that, following the example of Saint Gianna and through her intercession, we may know how to place ourselves at the service of each person we meet in our personal, family and professional lives, and thus grow in love and holiness. Amen. St. Gianna had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother, so pray the rosary today in honor of her feast day. St. Gianna is a patron saint of mothers and unborn children, so pray for the lives of all unborn children and their mothers and for an end to abortion. Crafts & Activities Color Charlotte's coloring page of St. Gianna Watch Love is a Choice: Life of St. Gianna Molla DVD or here online Food & Treats I am having friends form our parish's Mom's Group over again for Coffee & Cannolis and to pray the rosary while our children play to celebrate the Feast of St. Gianna. I used to make my own cannolis as a child, but now I have a few select places that I buy from, with my all time favorite but far away being Venieros in Manhattan (their chocolate covered cannolis pictured above). Celebrate St. Gianna's Italian heritage and make an Italian meal for dinner, some kind of yummy pasta or even pizza or eat out at your favorite Italian restaurant
Reading Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla: A Woman's Life by Giuliana Pelucchi Saint Gianna Molla: Wife, Mother, Doctor by Pietro Molla Gianna Love Letters of a Saint by Paolo Iofolla St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love by Thomas J. McKenna Love Letters to My Husband by Gianna Beretta Molla (Author) & Elio Guerriero (Editor) "The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day". - St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Saint Gianna, Pray for us


Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ideas! I wish I lived nearby and could join the fun!!

I think I might just have to pick up or make some Coffee & Cannolis. :)

God bless!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this beautiful post about St. Gianna! We have a special devotion to her as well! We are praying the novena in preparation for her feast! In fact if our baby is a girl, we are going to name her Gianna Marie!
In Christ,

Alicia said...

EWTN will be having a special at 1pm EST and I can't wait to see it. I think that she is such an inspiration to all mothers! Thank you for this post!

Tiffany said...

Thanks for sharing all of these resources! Beautiful:) And a blessing to share this day with St. Louis de Montfort and his devotion to our great heavenly mother!

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