Monday, April 19, 2010

Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Would anybody like to join me in praying this novena? We can start praying it on Tuesday! Her Feast Day is April 28th! I will pray for everyone's intentions praying this novena.

Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

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 young 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 lives to Your service, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.

Glory be …

Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, You called Saint Gianna to exercise the medical profession as a mission for the comfort of bodies and souls. In her suffering fellow men and in the little ones, deprived of all support, she saw You.

We thank You for having revealed Yourself to this servant as “one who serves” and who soothes the sufferings of men. Treasuring her example may we become generous Christians at the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those with whom You deign to share Your Cross.

Glory be…

God, Sanctifying Spirit, who love the Church as Your Bride, You poured into the heart of Saint Gianna a share of Your Love so that she could radiate it in her family, and thus cooperate with You in the wonderful plan of creation, and give life to new children who could know and love You.

We thank You for this model wife and, through her encouraging witness, we beg You to grant to our families the serene and Christian presence of mothers committed to transform their homes into cenacles of faith and love, rich with generous activity and sanctifying service.

Glory be…

O God, Creator and lover of mankind, You were close to Saint Gianna when, affected by illness, she was in the painful dilemma of choosing between her own life and the life of the child whom she was carrying in herself, a gift long-awaited. Trusting You alone, and aware of Your Commandment to respect human life, Gianna found the courage to do her duty as a mother and to say “yes” to the new life of her baby, generously sacrificing her own. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and after the example of Gianna, inspire all mothers to welcome with love the sparkle of new life. Grant us the grace we are praying for …………. 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.

Pray Three Our Father's
Pray Three Hail Mary's
Pray Three Glory Be's

I hope you will join me!

I also would like to share my favorite books on St. Gianna, which I highly recommend to learn more about her!

Click Here to Visit The Society of St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Click here to print out and send your prayer intentions to the Society of St. Gianna

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, please pray for us!

May God Bless you!

Maria :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Secrets, The Chastisement, and The Triumph

Has anybody read this book yet? What do you think about it? Do you recommend it?

Here is one of my favorite books on the same subject, which I highly recommend!

Has anybody read this one? What did you think about it?

I would LOVE to hear what you think about these two books!


Maria :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"Walk Through Japanese Garden Changes Woman's Life"

“Walk Through Japanese Garden Changes Woman’s Life”
Nutritionist Researches Endometriosis
By Jackie Holston

You Can Also Read This Article Here!

Reprint of an article which appeared in The Morning News, a local newspaper located in Northwest Arkansas, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2000

It was in a garden that Adam and Eve's eyes were opened to a new world. It was also in a garden where Karen Spencer-Dees was introduced to the world of nutrition.
Spencer-Dees, a long-time sufferer of endometriosis, was attending Sophia University in Japan as part of a student program offered through the University of Massachusetts when she was stricken by the disease, requiring immediate hospitalization.

“In 1986, I went abroad during my junior year as part of course work for my major in communications and Japanese. I was living in Tokyo when I went into the hospital for endometriosis. They did all that they could for me but they recommended I go back home for further treatment,” Spencer-Dees said.
“As part of my post-hospital care in Japan, I was sent to a medical doctor of nutrition. He made me go into his garden and he said, ‘This is food. You need food to build up your body.’ He told me you can treat a disease all you want but the body eventually starts to break down. You need to feed it. I was just flabbergasted.”
Regrettably, the hospital stay was just one of many the Boston native had endured due to endometriosis.

By the time Spencer-Dees arrived on Japanese soil, she had already undergone 19 surgeries, including a complete hysterectomy at the age of 20. Scar tissue from the endometriosis had also moved onto her intestines, requiring surgical removal of 12 feet of the organ which aids in digestion.

Upon returning to the United States, Spencer-Dees took a one-year sabbatical from college, staying with relatives in Chicago while working with a nutritionist to help strengthen her body. Ravaged by endometriosis since the age of 16, she admits developing a healthy body required a change in eating habits as well as time and dedication.

“I didn¹t feel better all at once, it happened little by little. It was a lot of work,” Spencer-Dees said. “After I got better, I went back to my surgeon in Boston. He saw that I was recovering but he didn’t know why. He told me if it works, then keep doing it, but also make sure I keep my regular appointments with him. From that point on, I didn¹t need anymore surgeries.”
As Spencer-Dees health continued to improve with the proper combination of foods and the addition of herbs imported from Asia, her educational interests shifted into the area of nutrition.

After much prayer and contemplation, she enrolled at Clayton College for Nutrition in Birmingham,Ala. The college is the only one of its kind in the United States to offer a degree program in nutrition. She received a bachelor¹s of nutrition in 1996, a master¹s in 1997 and a doctorate in 1999. Spencer-Dees has the added distinction of being the only certified Ph.D. of nutrition in the state.

“Nutrition is the science of food,” she said. “If you are deficient in vitamins, nutrients and minerals, we add those foods highest in these to your diet. We also look at combining certain foods together that will be most beneficial to building a strong, healthy body.”

Five years ago Spencer-Dees established a medical office in Bentonville where she currently practices two days a week. The outgoing 37-year-old also spends the second week of each month at the Helen Women¹s Health Clinic at Stanford University where she prescribes nutrition programs she has designed to female patients referred to the clinic by area California physicians.

During the week Spencer-Dees conducts research on these patients who are suffering from endometriosis to determine if there¹s a correlation among women suffering from the disease.“I have blood work done as well as vitamin and mineral panels so I can look at the deficiencies,” she said. “It took me three years to create a 10-page symptom survey which they fill out during their first visit. There has been research on the symptoms of endometriosis but this is the first time research has been done on blood work. This research will be used to see if there is a correlation among women suffering from the disease. The information can be used to help find a cure for the disease.”

Doctors have been puzzled for years as to why endometriosis strikes some women, specifically during their reproductive years. Endometriosis develops from endometrium, the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus and builds up and sheds each month in the menstrual cycle. Endometrial growths, which respond to hormone levels, are normal type of tissue found outside the normal location.
Endometrial tissue develops into what doctors call lesions, implants, growths or nodules which can cause pain, infertility and other health problems. The tissue is usually found on the outer surface of the uterus and the lining of the pelvic cavity.

Sometimes the growths can be found in abdominal surgery scars, in the rectum on the bladder and intestines. The problem with endometrial tissue is that it has no way of leaving the body, causing internal bleeding inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue. It was the unchecked growth of endometrial tissue which required Spencer-Dees to undergo a hysterectomy at an early age.

“The scar tissue became a problem. It started strangling other organs,” she said. “I had to have a complete hysterectomy by the age of 20. It also moved up onto my intestines and my surgeon had to remove 12 feet of my intestines.”

Then came Spencer-Dees’ life-changing walk through the Japanese garden which inspired her to dramatically change her eating habits.

Encouraged by the results, the nutrition specialist offers a line of herbs through Dees International Marketing Corp. The corporation offers more than 100 products and has more than 1,000 distributors worldwide.

“There is a lot of desire today for healthy supplements,” she said. “I like these herbs because they are ground up whole foods. They are more than just supplements; they are real foods ground up which the body can take in. I carry just one line that comes out of a Chinese company operated by two medical doctors.”

Demand for the herbs has created a 150 percent growth in sales last year. Spencer-Dees has created a website,, where the public may order the organic herbs.

In addition to her practice and thriving business, Spencer-Dees recently adopted a son, nine-month-old Benjamin from Korea, an experience she called, “life changing.”

The young mom has advice for those who question the validity of good nutrition.
“I remember how bad I felt and I never want to feel that way again,” she said. “I know now how good I can feel.”

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wonderful Article on "Endometriosis And Diet" - check it out!

Wow, this lady is terrific! Dr. Dees is a Family Nutritionist and was diagnosed with endometriosis as a teenager. She has written a wonderful article on "Diet & Endometriosis"! Please, if you have a chance, check out her website and read the article! I found it so helpful!

Her Website!

Endometriosis And Diet!

I hope and pray that this lady and her website can provide helpful information to others with endometriosis sufferers also! Ladies, we do NOT have to suffer! Please do check out this valuable website and very informative article! Hope it can help you too!

May God Bless you!

Thank you, Dr. Dees!

Maria <---feeling hopeful and encouraged after find this website and reading this amazing article!