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Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, 04-19-17
FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-19-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM

Posted on 04/20/2017 8:58:21 PM PDT by Salvation

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

Painting of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla with her children | Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe | flickrImage: Painting of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla with her children | Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe | flickr

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Saint of the Day for April 19

(October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962)

 

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla’s Story

In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint!

She was born in Magenta near Milano, the 10th of Alberto and Maria Beretta’s 13 children. An active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a leader in the Catholic Action movement, Gianna also enjoyed skiing and mountain climbing. She earned degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia, eventually specializing in pediatrics. In 1952, Gianna opened a clinic in the small town of Mesero, where she met engineer Pietro Molla.

Shortly before their 1955 marriage, Gianna wrote to Pietro: “Love is the most beautiful sentiment that the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.” In the next four years the Mollas had three children: Pierluigi, Mariolina, and Laura. Two pregnancies following ended in miscarriage.

Early in her sixth pregnancy, doctors discovered that Gianna had both a child and a tumor in her uterus. She allowed the surgeons to remove the tumor but not to perform the complete hysterectomy that they recommended, which would have killed the child. Seven months later in April 1962, Gianna Emanuela Molla was born at the hospital in Monza, but post-operative complications resulted in an infection for her mother. The following week, Gianna Molla died at home in Mesero, where she was buried.

Gianna Emanuela went on to become a physician herself. Gianna Beretta Molla was beatified in 1994 and canonized 10 years later.


Reflection

With great faith and courage, Gianna Molla made the choice that enabled her daughter to be born. We can often wish that we were in different circumstances, but holiness frequently comes from making difficult choices in bad situations.


The Liturgical Feast of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla is April 28.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; saints
Feel free to add additional information about other saints who might share this feast day.
1 posted on 04/20/2017 8:58:22 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Saint of the Day Ping!


2 posted on 04/20/2017 8:59:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

>The following week, Gianna Molla died at home in Mesero

I suspect her husband was unable to convince her to live and to try again with a less dangerous birth. I see nothing but sadness.


3 posted on 04/20/2017 9:02:58 PM PDT by soycd
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To: soycd

Are you looking at it as we humans might or as God might?

Miracles have happened through her intercession.


4 posted on 04/20/2017 9:06:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, 04-19-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, 04-17-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Bernadette Soubirous, 04-16-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Caesar de Bus, 04-15-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Peter Gonzalez, 04-14-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Martin I, 04-13-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Teresa of Los Andes, 04-12-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Stanislaus, 04-11-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Magdalen of Canossa, 04-10-17

Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Casilda, 04-09-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Julie Billiart, 04-08-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Baptist de la Salle, 04-07-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Crescentia Hoess, 04-06-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Vincent Ferrer, 04-05-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Isidore of Seville, 04-04-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Benedict the African, 04-03-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Francis of Paola, 04-02-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Hugh of Grenoble, 04-01-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Stephen of Mar Saba, 03-31-17

Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Peter Regalado, 03-30-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Ludovico of Casoria, 03-29-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Catharine of Bologna, 03-28-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Lazarus, 03-27-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Catherine of Genoa, 03-26-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Annunciation of the Lord, 03-25-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 03-24-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, 03-23-17
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Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed John of Parma, 03-21-17

Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Salvator of Horta, 03-20-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary, 03-19-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, 03-18-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Patrick, 03-17-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer, 03-16-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Louise de Marillac, 03-15-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Maximilian, 03-14-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Leander of Seville, 03-13-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Angela Salawa, 03-12-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Ogilvie, 03-11-17

Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Dominic Savio, 03-10-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Frances of Rome, 03-09-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. John of God, 03-08-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saints Perpetua and Felicity, 03-07-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes, 03-06-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Joseph of the Cross, 03-05-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Casimir, 03-04-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Katharine Drexel, 03-03-17
Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Agnes of Bohemia, 03-02-17
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5 posted on 04/20/2017 9:08:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

>Are you looking at it as we humans might or as God might?

As a human since I can’t think like God.

No way would I quietly allow a loved one to commit suicide with a high risk pregnancy rather than try again later for one less risky.

She already had three good ones, no need to push your fate and harm those that love you.


6 posted on 04/20/2017 9:09:14 PM PDT by soycd
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To: soycd

She died so that her baby could live. She didn’t choose suicide.


7 posted on 04/20/2017 9:13:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: soycd
Prepare to be amazed! The 2nd miracle of St. Gianna Molla
Daughter of St. Gianna Molla to Visit U.S. for the First Time
A Holy Couple Reunited in Heaven—Death of Pietro Molla, Husband of St. Gianna Beretta Molla ....
Catholic Health Center for Women Opens in Manhattan (Gianna Center)
Daughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Attends US March for Life
A patron saint for life (Gianna Beretta Molla)
Pope Canonizes Gianna Molla; Secular Media at a Loss
Bl. Gianna Beretta Molla
Gianna Beretta, Who Died for Her Unborn Child, to Be Canonized (She Refused Cancer Treatment)
Gianna Beretta Molla Offered Life For Her [Unborn]Child
Blessed Gianna[Gianna Beretta Molla]
8 posted on 04/20/2017 9:13:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

>She died so that her baby could live. She didn’t choose suicide.

The loss of an unborn human is less than the combined love between the loving couple that can try to have another if needed. To sacrifice yourself and the love of your companion
is selfish and unnecessary. She passes and he is left with an empty heart.

A forlorn mate leaves a bigger depression than an unborn of fate.


9 posted on 04/20/2017 9:21:20 PM PDT by soycd
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To: soycd

From one of the links above:

I would put to you several points to consider, any of which might serve as a starting point for comments below:
Saints are presented to us by Holy Mother Church for “the two I’s”: imitation and intercession.
As all Christians are called to imitate Christ, we also must experience self-emptying and the Cross, abandonment to providence and self-donation. We must be willing to lose everything.
We are not alone: the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant are closely knit, interwoven in charity. We on earth must intercede for each other and believe and ask for the intercession of the saints.
God makes use of the weak to demonstrate His might and love.
If we do not believe in miracles, we do not ask for them. If we do not ask for them, they will not be granted.
Our life of faith is noticed by non-believers and they are not unaffected.
What a difference a bishop can make.
How often do you invoke the help of the saints and holy angels?
God’s ways are not our ways.
No one is too small to be an occasion of grace for others.


10 posted on 04/20/2017 9:30:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

>How often do you invoke the help of the saints and holy angels?

Daily.

>God’s ways are not our ways.

God accepts my ways as they are mine.

>No one is too small to be an occasion of grace for others.

Agree. Staying alive is the first step to enjoying life that involves others that love you.


11 posted on 04/20/2017 9:35:51 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Salvation

I believe in miracles for others but not for me. No way.


12 posted on 04/20/2017 9:52:12 PM PDT by 353FMG (AMERICA FIRST.)
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To: soycd
Staying alive is the first step to enjoying life that involves others that love you.

Brother, please consider the following:

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

And also:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

And also:

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

We should recall that this saint of God IS alive. She is a saint in the presence of Christ. She is more alive than we can understand.

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us. May we all enter into eternal life.

13 posted on 04/21/2017 12:05:05 AM PDT by agere_contra (Please pray for Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: soycd

Every day multiple times.


14 posted on 04/21/2017 7:53:05 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All

BTTT fo Saint Gianna Beretta Molla!


15 posted on 04/19/2018 4:42:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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