Tuesday, April 27, 2010
My Favorite Saint
Tomorrow is the feast day of one of my favorite women, St. Gianna Beretta Molla. I think there are many reasons to fall in love with her example and life, but there are several reasons I have been drawn to her over the last couple years:
~she's a physician (and we know how many of those I have been seeing lately, so I can pray for their guidance to St. Gianna)
~she's a modern-day saint, having lived from 1922-1962
~she is a relatively 'new' saint, having been canonized in 2004
~she was a wife and mother
~I had this experience with her last summer
To read more about St. Gianna's life and story, read the Vatican's biography or more over at her official website.
There's even a coloring page for the kiddos over here.
Prayer to St. Gianna
Saint Gianna, heroically Christlike
wife, mother and physician,
I ask the help of your prayers,
as I strive to follow your holy example
in my physical and spiritual trials.
Help me, by your prayers, to recognize
the suffering of the Cross as the way to
pure and selfless love of God
and my neighbor.
Saint Gianna, pray for us always
that we may have a heart,
meek and courageous,
like the Heart of Jesus,
in Whom we find our
healing and strength.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
~Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke~