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ROME, June 25, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When Chiara Corbella learned she was pregnant with her third child, it was a great joy that ended in bittersweet tragedy for the young Italian mother, who died this month after postponing cancer treatment to save her cherished baby.
n a story that echoes that of Roman Catholic saint Gianna Molla, Chiara and her husband Enrico Petrillo embarked on a remarkable journey of faith in 2010 when they learned that they were pregnant with Francisco - and that Chiara had an aggressive form of cancer, reports the Catholic News Agency.
The news was especially poignant for the couple since both of Franciscos elder siblings, Maria and David, had been lost shortly after birth. In fact, Chiara and Enrico had become popular pro-life speakers for their stories of their few treasured moments with each of their first two children before their brief lives came to an end.
This time, doctors said Francisco was healthy and developing normally. So when Chiara was advised to begin treatment immediately for her cancer, she declined, waiting for Francisco to be born in May of last year. The cancer progressed over the following year, depriving Chiara of sight in one eye before she finally succumbed on June 13, 2012.
I am going to heaven to take care of Maria and David, you stay here with Dad. I will pray for you, Chiara wrote to baby Francisco in a letter, one week before her death.
Chiaras funeral Mass was celebrated by the Vicar General of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, who called Chiara the second Gianna Beretta.
Saint Gianna Molla was an Italian pediatrician who died in 1962 from complications caused by a fibroma on her uterus, after she refused both an abortion and a hysterectomy because she was pregnant with her fourth child.
Although a tragedy to outside observers - and certainly also for Enrico, to whom Chiara was happily married the couples last conversations reveal, in the young husbands words, a story of love on the cross that seemed to conquer even death.
The truth is that this cross if you embrace it with Christ ceases to be as ugly as it looks. If you trust in him, you discover that this fire, this cross, does not burn, and that peace can be found in suffering and joy in death, said Enrico, according to CNA. I spent a lot of time this year reflecting on this phrase from the Gospel that says the Lord gives a cross that is sweet and a burden that is light.
When I would look at Chiara when she was about to die, I obviously became very upset. But I mustered the courage and a few hours before it was about eight in the morning, Chiara died at noon I asked her.
I said: But Chiara, my love, is this cross really sweet, like the Lord says? She looked at me and she smiled, and in a soft voice she said, Yes, Enrico, it is very sweet.
In this sense, the entire family didnt see Chiara die peacefully, but happily, which is totally different.
Enrico said he would tell his son Francisco when he was older that the most important thing in life is to let yourself be loved in order to love and die happy, and that this is what his mother, Chiara, did.
She allowed herself to be loved, and in a certain sense, I think she loved everyone in this way, he said. I feel her more alive than ever. To be able to see her die happy was to me a challenge to death.
Read the full CNA story here.
Thread by Pinkbell.
Abortion clinics across the nation have increasingly been offering discounts for their services on Sundays, partly to counter afternoon church protests by believers opposed to such clinics and the practice of abortion.
Examples of such offers include the Orlando Women's Center abortion clinic in Florida, which advertises discounted abortions with the offer: "LIMITED TIME SPECIAL! PRINT THIS PAGE AND BRING IT IN FOR $50 SAVINGS. ONLY ON SUNDAYS!"
The website Fund Abortion Now provides financial support to women seeking to have abortions and collects funds to aid them with their decision across all 50 states.
"The 100+ local abortion funds in our organization help women pay for abortions they can't otherwise afford," the website states.
Michael Martelli, Executive Director of Maryland Coalition for Life, an anti-abortion group seeking to protect the sanctity of human life, shared with The Christian Post that the practice of collecting money to fund abortions or offering discounted abortions is not uncommon, and that special Sunday discounts are not coincidental -- as it is the day many Christians can be found in houses of worship.
"I don't think there is any coincidence...abortion facilities are facing increasing presence from Christians praying during business hours, and are having to change up their business hours to try to avoid the attention. Carhart does this now in Germantown, he comes in Sunday afternoons, but the churches are coming together to increase the presence EVERY Sunday from 3-5, so people are there," Martelli shared.
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