Saturday, April 28, 2012

St Gianna, Wife, mother, Doctor, Pro-life Witness

On the afternoon May 12th 2010, The Fraternity of St Genesius travelled to Mesero, the town of one of the church's more recent saints. St Gianna Beretta Molla (1922- 1962), was a physician, a mother, a social activist and a loving wife. The inhabitants of the town are obviously very proud of their saint, as many houses have posters of her on their balconies. We recieved a very warm welcome from the locals. We celebrated the Mass of St Gianna at Santuario Santa Gianna. We then made a vist to her tomb, in the nearby graveyard. It rained, but we did not care. Before leaving Mesero, we went to see her place of work. Mesero was, for me, a place of grace. It was good to stand in her surgery, to walk on her streets and to pray in her church. St Gianna, and Mesero remind me that sanctity is indeed possible.

St Gianna Beretta Molla
Santuario Santa Gianna
Shrine to St Gianna

Mosiac, at the tomb of St Gianna
The tabernacle, with a pelican and its young, at the Church in Mesero. The pelican is Christ, who humanity struck by committing sin; the pelican cutting open its own breast represents Christ's death on the cross, and the shedding of his blood to revive us.
"A young mother from the diocese of Milan, who, to give life to her daughter, sacrificed her own, with conscious immolation”. Pope Paul VI

Gianna Beretta Molla was born in Magenta (Milan), Italy, on October 4, 1922, the 10th of 13 children. After earning degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia in 1949, she opened a medical clinic in Mesero (near Magenta) in 1950. She specialized in pediatrics at the University of Milan in 1952 and thereafter gave special attention to mothers, babies, the elderly, and the poor. While working in the field of medicine-which she considered a "mission" and practised as such - she increased her generous service to Catholic Action, especially among the "very young." She became engaged to Pietro Molla and they were married on September 24, 1955 in St. Martin's Basilica in Magenta. In November 1956, to her great joy, she became the mother of Pierluigi; in December 1957 of Mariolina; in July 1959 of Laura. She met the demands of mother, wife, doctor and her passion for life with simplicity and great balance.

"She has now been raised to the altar in heaven and provides particular inspiration to all those who experience the constant demands and confusing signals that our current culture places on us."

St Gianna on Marriage
“With God’s help and blessing we will do our best to make our new family a little Cenacle where Jesus reigns over all our affections, desires, and actions… There are only a few days to go and I feel moved at the thought of approaching and receiving the “Sacrament of Love”. We will become collaborators with God in His creation and so we will be able to give him children that love and serve him".

St Gianna on Vocation
Everything has a specific end: everything obeys a law. God has shown each one of us the way, the vocation, and the life of grace that lies beyond physical life. Our earthly and eternal happiness depends on following our vocation without faltering. What is a vocation? It is a gift from God–it comes from God himself. Our concern then, should be to know the will of God. We should enter into the path that God wills for us, not by “forcing the door,” But when God wills as God wills….”

St Gianna's Spiritual Program
Morning & Evening prayers, not in bed but on your knees
Holy Mass
Holy Communion
Meditation, at least 10 minutes
Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
Holy Rosary, without Our Lady’s help no one enters Paradise

Prayer of St Gianna
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 infirmwhich 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.
The pelican is Christ, who humanity struck by committing sin; the pelican cutting open its own breast represents Christ's death on the cross, and the shedding of his blood to revive us.

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