Friday, September 7, 2007

A Saint Rebecca

St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Gianna Beretta was born in Milan, Italy on October 4, 1922. She was born into a very Christian home. When she was a teenager, she was very active in the teen groups in her church. When she was 16 she decided that she would rather die than commit a mortal sin. She went to college to become a doctor. While in college she met Pietro Molla. He was very impressed with this catholic doctor who was so concerned for others. She was wondering if God was telling her to marry him. She had planned to become a nun, so she asked her confessor for advice. He said, “If all the good catholic girls became nuns, there would be no good catholic mothers.”

So they married and had three children. Then they lost two more children before birth. When she became pregnant again, the doctors found a tumor in her uterus and they told her she needed surgery. Before she underwent surgery, she told the doctors to keep her unborn baby safe. The surgery went well and the baby was safe. Gianna, however, knew that she was still in danger. Just before the baby was born, she told the doctors, “If you have to choose between me and the baby, I want you to save the baby. The baby was born on April 21,1922 and baptized Gianna Emanuela, but her mother was dying from birth problems. Gianna Baretta Molla died on April 28,1922. Her daughter, Gianna Emanuela, was at her ceremony to witness her mother becoming a saint in 2004.

Here is her prayer:

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.

Written by Rebecca as part of her religion assignment.


Anonymous said...

My 10th child was named Jacinta Helen Gianna....

Esther said...

Nice job Rebecca! BTW, have you read Letters to My Husband (I think that is the name of the book).

Ebeth said...

Thank you for your comments. I have not heard of the book Esther,but would like to. Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rebecca.

Good luck with school this year.
Thanks for the saint report.

My kids are enjoying school so far.
They had their three week break and now "tracked" back in for 9 weeks today.

Say hi to your family for me.
Jonna Leaser

WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

Great work Rebecca.
When I first became ill nearly 5yrs ago I was pregnant with my 4yr old son. I was admitted to hosp for tests and the docs wondered if I had a tumour in my spine. They took blood to look for cancer markers.
I realised that if they came back with a positive result they would try and make me kill my baby, so I could have treatment. I knew I couldn't do that.
I had heard of St Gianna, but knew very little about her then.
Now I have read her story. She is an inspiration for all of us.

For me the results were negative and I was able to have my baby dispute being suddenly disabled.

Divine Mercy said...

that picture here is also on angela messengers blog. i thought that was her and her child?

Therese said...

Well done Rebecca. St. Gianna is one of the saints I ask regularly to interceed for me.

A Simple Sinner said...

Well done Rebecca! Saint Gianna is my favorite 20th century saint, followed by Blessed Theodore Romzha. Thank you for sharing this photo.