This months Saint focus will be; St. Gianna. I first heard of St. Gianna when touring a Newman center in Bloomington, Illinois. My fiance had his Koinania there and their Newman center is impressive. Ever since I have been meaning to look up more information about this intriguing woman.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla is the patron Saint of physicians, mothers and the unborn. She was a wife, mother, pediatrician and pro-life witness. She is awesome. I picked her to be the Saint of the Month as we just ended the 40 Days For Life Campaign.
St. Gianna to me is a Saint unlike most as she wasn't alive 1000+ years ago but she lived in a more modern era which allows us to have more documentation and pictures of her. Also, she is proof that we are ALL called to be Saints!
St. Gianna was a woman that we should all look up to not only was she a woman of true faith, she was also a loving mother, wife and physician.
When St. Gianna was 39 years old she found out that she was pregnant again. During the second months Gianna developed a fibroma on her uterus. The doctors encouraged her to have an abortion, a hysterectomy or removal of the fibroma. A strong Catholic Gianna knew she only had one true choice; the removal of the fibroma which was the only choice that would have saved her child.
Giannas baby was safely delivered on Holy Saturday 1962, unfortunately Gianna died 7 days after giving birth.
St. Gianna showed us what unconditional love means! She was canonized by John Paul II.
God our Father we praise You and we bless you because in Saint 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.
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.