Monday, April 16, 2012

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: The Gift of Life

     “When so many in our world do not respect the value and dignity of the human person, her life story teaches us the truth: each and every human life is sacred—from the youngest unborn baby to the oldest person on earth.  Each life is a precious gift from God, and each human person is created in God’s own image” (pg. 94-95).

This remarkable wife, mother of four, and physician lived quite an inspiring, profoundly loving life.  Her faith in the Lord even from a very early age (She prepared for and made her First Communion even before she turned six.) is testimony to the hope and joy which radiated through her during her relatively short time on earth, though she was faced with many challenges and struggles, sorrows, the loss of loved ones, and serious setbacks along the way.
Her devotion to God’s Will remained very strong as did the deep Catholic faith her parents and family passed on to her.  Gianna set out to become a physician and then a pediatrician because she wanted to care for people’s bodies as well as for their souls.  She and  Pietro were very prayerful, devout people even before they married and started a family.  They sought to live their lives glorifying God.      
You’ll want to read this short book and share it with others who want and need to aspire to holiness in their everyday lives.  Saint Gianna Beretta Molla is a powerful intercessor for struggling mothers, unborn babies, children, and families.    
This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Saint Gianna Beretta Molla - The Gift of Life. They are also a great source for a baptism gifts or first communion gifts.
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