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