Saturday, April 27, 2013

Celebrate the Feast of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

This Sunday, 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 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 is to savor the day with your children, soaking up all their sweetness. St. Gianna gave her life for her youngest child and I sincerely imagine would have treasured just one more day with her precious babies.

Saint Gianna provided great comfort for me and I will always be grateful for her intercession during a crisis with my pregnancy with Sweet Pea and the miraculous (to me) result


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. 

 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

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.

Some years on the feast of St. Gianna I have hosted a Coffee & Cannolis event where we pray the rosary and pray for St. Gianna's intercession for our intentions.

I used to make my own cannolis, but now I have a few select places that I buy from, with my all time favorite but far away being Venieros in Manhattan.

Visit Catholic Cuisine for my cannoli recipe or to search for other Italian dishes.


  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

Friday, April 26, 2013

7 Quick Takes: Bonnets for my Bonnies...

--- 1 ---

I may have mentioned it before, but I love bonnets. I really was born in the wrong century. The girls are so excited to wear these. Lots of fun etsy shops that sell them. But I get them at my favorite store on the planet, The Mast General Store

--- 2 ---

Apparently I make really good salads. Enough so that my little moochers never let me eat my lunch salad in peace. So now I make a huge salad in this large serving bowl and we all just grab a fork and dig in. Always the same salad, baby spinach, goat cheese, dried blueberries or cranberries and the best ingredient of all Trader Joe's honey roasted slivered almonds with a balsamic vinaigrette.

--- 3 ---

The weather is just too nice to not eat as many snacks and meals outside on a picnic blanket. We have had a lot of visitors of the green inching variety at our picnics. They are everywhere and so cute. I think I have read Leo Lionni's Inch by Inch 20 times this past week.

--- 4 ---

Dads are so much fun. The best Jungle gym, dance partner, spinner, twirler and flipper there can be. Note little guy in the background scavenging the pantry for Cheerios before dinner. We call it cereal diving. 

--- 5 ---

Pointillism 101. I am a terrible artist but I love art projects. My kids can't get enough. Kinderart is one my favorite spots for inspiration.

--- 6 ---

You are growing up too fast. I am going to enjoy these last years of these games being just fun and not about hits and runs. 

--- 7 ---

This little guy fell in loves with trains last week. And a couple days ago he realized that the trains connect to each other at those shiny metal circles. He has basically been choo-chooing nonstop since.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On the Feast of Saint Bernadette

A big loaf of day old left over Trader Joe's artisan bread was the perfect ingredient for celebrating Saint Bernadette on her feast day. It made delicious french toast. 

"Immaculate Mary" as a bedtime song for all. Now off to dreamland. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

7 Quick Takes: Spring has Sprung

Please ignore that this is posting on Sunday instead of Friday. 


When God closes a door, He opens a window. My allergies from the blooming Spring are so bad, but even if I can't smell the flowers at least they are beautiful to look at. One street down from us is our very own Cherry blossom lane. The perfect afternoon walk.


Also had to sneak in this picture of the Vatican flag flying on our front porch. I couldn't wait to hang it up in honor of our new Pope Francis and Easter after coveting a friend's said flag on her own porch.


I love babies and wee tots, but I am so happy we can play board games with the kids now. They even beat us.


This toy brought over by a sweetly over indulgent grandmother has kept my 6 year old boy busy for hours. He was in tears because there was not enough day light left to build more a few days ago.


I prefer red wine but there might not be anything better than a nice crisp glass of Chardonnay on the first warm and breezy afternoon of Spring. Especially as I watch my kids happily play in the shade of cherry blossoms.


I like to consider myself slightly creative, but I have a daughter with an endless desire for crafting. Thank goodness for sites like Make & Takes for their simple and sweet ideas. 


I have a deep love for the Divine Mercy chaplet. Maybe it's the beautiful song or because I get distracted half the time I start my rosaries and this prayer I can actually usually finish. Either way this is a very special devotion to me, but this past Divine Mercy Sunday after on and off days of sick kids I kept it simple to celebrate, Divine Mercy heart pancakes and coloring pages

To see where Quick Takes originates visit Conversion Diary. Except this week Grace at Camp Patton is hosting. Please keep Jennifer in your prayers. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Holy Week & Easter In Review

Why am I always so behind? I am writing this mostly to preserve the memories so I can look back one day and it's another excuse to look at the pictures, not quite two weeks ago yet...

Easter Sunday and the days leading up to Easter were filled with sweet smiles, girls in white dresses, dapper charming boys and way too much good food.

Holy Thursday

We did some crafts on Holy Thursday, including Ruth's Stations of the Cross votive candles with one of our favorite families. 

They are always asking for more crafts, so we did Stained Glass Crosses which they love doing every year.

Good Friday 

Good Friday included a picnic lunch of hot cross buns. The Stations of the Cross votive candles were the perfect way to focus the children on the liturgy of the Stations devotion. I wish I had a picture of the candles or the children walking around the family room lighting them as we prayed Jennifer Miller's children's Stations liturgy, but the time was actually fairly solemn so I didn't think to get my camera. Then I had to put the candles away to keep them away from a very curious toddler. 

Holy Saturday

We did a lot of baking...

chocolate crown of thorns

making homemade mason jar butter for our Easter butter lamb 

(a little tip, we always save the buttermilk byproduct for heart shaped buttermilk pancakes for Divine Mercy Sunday one week later)

making and decorating Easter cookies

dying Easter eggs

our neighborhood Easter egg hunt

Easter Sunday

Did I mention yet how much I love these cute kids? Of course it's not hard when they look so spiffed up and cute in their spring time fancies. 

Mass first, then home for Easter baskets.

One set of family came over for an Easter brunch with our traditional monkey bread cross and a little indoor egg hunt. 

Then over to the other set of family's house for Easter dinner. First the kids had fun with the silly string and bubbles they got in their Easter baskets.

We even managed to find a good spot and some overcast cloudy weather to get a decent family picture. 

Happy Belated Easter from our family to you!

blogger templates | Make Money Online