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

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

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.

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

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