St. Gianna Molla is a girl acknowledged for her nice remaining act of generosity to life. Throughout her fourth being pregnant, when a tumor was discovered to be urgent on her uterus, she opted for the surgical procedure that put her at larger danger however was the one alternative by which her child had an opportunity at survival.
Her total life, nevertheless, was actually considered one of self-giving, of being poured out for others. She embodied the works of mercy, corporal and non secular–extending God’s self-revelatory like to not solely her household however the girls and kids in her care as a doctor: counseling girls in disaster pregnancies, encouraging moms, mentoring younger women, leaving cash on the kitchen tables of the poor when making home calls. Her nice want had been to go to Brazil as a missionary with the intention to serve expectant moms with out entry to high quality medical care. When that divine door didn’t open. she surrendered her plans and absolutely and joyfully embraced her married vocation and people God had positioned in her life: buddies, household, neighbors, sufferers–all had been Jesus to her.
This life-giving love sprang from a spot of reverence for God and His divine presence within the human particular person, one thing imparted to her from her earliest years. Her mother and father, third-order Franciscans, selected a lifetime of intentional poverty and ease in order that they could possibly be beneficiant to the poor. They consecrated their massive household to the Sacred Coronary heart each night time and made the sacraments central of their household.
As Gianna matured, she made this religion very a lot her personal. We get a glimpse into her rising spirituality in her notes from an Ignatian retreat that she attended when she was in highschool in 1938. Gianna would have been 15 years outdated.
At this retreat she wrote some resolutions together with:
1. To do all issues for the Lord… To serve God, I can’t go to the films with out being certain that the movie is appropriate and never scandalous or immoral…
2. I want to die quite than commit a mortal sin…
3. To say the “Hail Mary” on daily basis in order that the Lord would possibly give me a holy dying…
4. I want to worry mortal sin as if it had been a serpent and I repeat I might die a thousand instances quite than offend the Lord.
5. I want to ask the Lord to assist me to not go to hell and subsequently to keep away from all that might hurt my soul.
6. I encourage the Lord to assist me perceive his nice mercy.
7. I suggest to obey M.M. and to review although I don’t really feel prefer it, for the love of Jesus.
8. From today on, I want to pray on my knees within the morning in church simply as I do in my room within the night on the foot of my mattress.
9. The way in which of humiliation is the shortest technique to attain holiness. To hope that the Lord lead me to Paradise.
What’s placing to me on this checklist of commitments is #6: I encourage the Lord to assist me perceive his nice mercy.
Within the midst of her considerations about immorality, mortal sin, offending God, obedience, and humiliation, this treasured woman tucks in a plea to be allowed to know the good Mercy of God.
Later that very same yr in 1938, the “Secretary of Mercy”, St. Faustina Kowalska, would die in Krakow, her work of spreading the message of mercy simply starting. It will appear that St. Gianna anticipated this nice motion of grace within the needs of her younger coronary heart. Her life was proof that she did certainly come to know intimately Mercy Himself–for she was so clearly a mirrored image of the One she beloved.
And right here’s one thing attention-grabbing: St. Gianna would die of issues from the beginning of her fourth baby, repeating the phrases, “Jesus, I really like you; Jesus, I really like you” on April 28, 1962. That yr, April 28 could be the Saturday after Easter.
The pope who canonized her (it was, actually, his final canonization), Pope St. John Paul II, would joyfully institute the Feast of Divine Mercy on the primary Sunday after Easter, ushering in a brand new age of mercy within the Church. It was seen as one thing of an indication that he died on the eve of that feast in 2005–the Saturday after Easter.
In different phrases, these two saints died on the identical day of the liturgical calendar.
If there’s one factor I’ve realized within the non secular life it’s that there are not any coincidences or irrelevant issues with God: “and nothing would again be casual and small.”
So, I select to see it as an indication that this lady, so deeply wanting to encounter the Mercy of God, knew intimately this grace in her life and in her dying–and prays for us now that we might discover, as she did, that “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall acquire mercy.”
St. Gianna Molla, pray for us, who so want the mercy of God.
Learn the “Secret of St. Gianna” here.
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