Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Will you please join me in praying to St. Gianna? :)


I read recently the following testimony in the February 2007 newsletter from “The Society of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla” with great interest. It has inspired and encouraged me to pray to her asking for her intercession :

“My daughter and her husband had much difficulty geting pregnant. One doctor told her it was almost impossible for her to conceive. Our parish priest touched corded rosaries to St. Gianna’s gloves. My husband prayed the Rosary and the Divine Chaplet with it everyday. Well, my daughter just gave birth to a beautiful girl on October 5. They named her Emily Gianna.”

-Susan, Michigan

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My question is this: would anybody like to join me in praying the rosary, divine mercy chaplet and the St. Gianna novena for the graces we need to be good and holy Catholic wives and mothers and for the grace of motherhood (especially for those of us who are having a difficult time being able to conceive, have conditions such as unexplained infertility, pcos, endometriosis, and secondary infertility, for those who can conceive and would love to have another baby, and for those newly pregnant etc?) I just started praying this yesterday. I believe our prayers will be even more powerful if we pray the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, and the St. Gianna novena as a group.

What do you think?

Would anybody like to join in?

Here’s the novena prayer:

God, our Father, you have granted to your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought you and drew other people to you, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and aged, to help and comfort them. We thank you for the gift of this young woman, so deeply committed to you.

Through her example, grant us the grace to consecrate our life to your service, for the joy of our brothers and sisters. May we become generous Christians at the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those with whom you design to share your Cross. We beg you to grant to our families the serene and Christian presence of mothers committed to transform their families into cenacles of faith and love, rich with generous activity and sanctifying service.

Grant us the grace we seek…and the joy to find an inspiration in Saint Gianna who, as a model spouse and mother, after the example of Christ, gave up her life for the life of others.

We offer this Novena for the sanctity of all life and for the intentions of all those who are praying with us.

One Our Father
One Hail Mary
One Glory Be

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thank you to everyone willing to pray this!
We really do appreciate it!

P.S. If St. Gianna interceded for you in some way especially in the blessing of a child or being able to adopt, I'd LOVE to hear from you! Hearing your stories would give me hope and encouragement. Thank you so much! I am hoping and praying that hubby and I will be able to take some time off and be able to afford a trip to St. Gianna's shrine in PA on her feast day April 28th in 2009! I asked hubby if we could PLEASE go there as an early birthday gift for me (My birthday is Aug. 2nd.).

I have promised the Blessed Mother and St. Gianna that I will spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Rosary, and St. Gianna. I want to start now to keep this promise!

I have learned that the best way not to become sad or discouraged about having a disorder like endometriosis stage 4 and being so called infertile when one desires to be a Mommy to precious little ones so much is sharing, encouraging, and praying for others! Sure, I have my sad moments BUT when I'm feeling sad I pray my rosary! It really, really, REALLY helps me and gives me the graces I need!

May God Bless you.
Love,
Maria Therese

1 comment:

Cathy said...

I don't have a St. Gianna story, but I am very close to St. Gerard, patron of mothers.

I started a novena to him asking that somehow, in any way shape or form, we could be blessed with a child and promised him that if I had a boy, his middle name would be Gerard.
Three days later, I found out about a crisis pregnancy - and 7 months later, we adopted our daughter, the light of our life.
No, her middle name isn't Gerard.
:)

Praying for you!