Friday, April 28, 2006

St. Gianna's feast day

Today is the feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla. She was a wife, doctor and mother who refused medical treatment for cancer during a pregnancy in her late 30's. She died a week after the birth of her 4th child. She's a patron saint of the unborn and mothers. She was an amazing wife, mother and Catholic.

Pope John Paul II canonized her on May 16, 2004.

Some reflections of hers:

"If one were to consider how much Jesus has suffered, one would not commit the smallest sin."

"When one does one's own duty, one must not be concerned, because God's help will not be lacking".

"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."

"Look at the mothers who truly love their children: how many sacrifices they make for them. They are ready for everything, even to give their own blood so that their babies grow up good, healthy and strong."

Prayer of St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Jesus, I promise You to submit myself to all that You permit to befall me,
make me only know Your will.
My most sweet Jesus, infinitely merciful God, most tender Father of souls,
and in a particular way of the most weak, most miserable, most infirm
which You carry with special tenderness between Your divine arms,
I come to You to ask You, through the love and merits of Your Sacred Heart,
the grace to comprehend and to do always Your holy will,
the grace to confide in You,
the grace to rest securely through time and eternity in Your loving divine arms.

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