Gianna Beretta Molla

SAINTS: Gianna Beretta Molla — A Mother’s Total Offering, by Greg Friedman

March 29, 2017

From: Lent With The Saints Isaiah 49:8-15; Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18; John 5:17-30 One of the most affectionate lines in all of scripture occurs in our First Reading today: Can a mother forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb?  Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. The beautiful comparison of God’s love to that of a mother for her child is captured in the life of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla.  Born in northern Italy in 1925, she pursued a career in medicine and became a physician and surgeon. Gianna and her husband Peter had three children.  While pregnant with her fourth child, Gianna was told she had a uterine tumor.  Among the options offered by her doctors was a complete [...]