紀念日 / Memorial date
她熱心參與使徒工作，是「聖雲先會」及「天主教活力運動」的活躍成員。她嚮往成為一名奉獻生活的傳教士，然而在祈禱中意識到婚姻聖召才是她的真正使命；她在1955 年 9 月 24 日與彼德‧莫拉結婚。
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
St. Gianna Beretta Molla was an Italian pediatrician born in Magenta in Italy on October 4, 1922. As a young girl, Gianna openly accepted her faith and the Catholic-Christian education provided by her loving parents. She grew up viewing life as God’s beautiful gift and found the greatest necessity and effectiveness in prayer.
In 1942, Gianna began her study of medicine in Milan. She was a diligent and hardworking student. She received degrees in both medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia in 1949, and in 1950 she opened a medical office in Mesero, near her hometown of Magenta. In 1952, Gianna specialized in pediatrics at the University of Milan and from there on, she was especially drawn toward mothers, babies, the elderly and the poor.
Gianna considered the field of medicine to be her mission. She increased her generous service to Catholic Action, a movement of lay Catholics dedicated to living and spreading the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church in the broader culture. The Catholic Action movement is still at work today, throughout the world.
Gianna married an engineer, Pietro Molla, in September 1955. Gianna wrote to Pietro, “Love is the most beautiful sentiment that the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.” She chose the vocation of marriage and considered this to be a gift from God.
In 1961, Gianna became pregnant with her fourth child. Toward the end of her second month of pregnancy, her doctors discovered she had developed a fibroma in her uterus. After examination, the doctors gave her three choices: an abortion, a complete hysterectomy, or removal of the fibroma only. Wanting to preserve her child’s life, Gianna opted for the removal of only the fibroma.
Gianna sought comfort in her prayers and her living faith. At last, the child’s life was saved. On April 21, 1962, Gianna successfully delivered by Caesarean section. However, a week after the baby was born, Gianna passed away from septic peritonitis.
Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. St. Gianna Beretta Molla is the patron saint of mothers, physicians, and unborn children.
O God our Father,
we praise you and bless you
because in St. Gianna Beretta Molla,
you have given to us a woman who
witnessed to the Gospel, as a young person,
a wife, a mother and a doctor.
We thank you because through the gift of her life,
we learn to accept and honour every human being.
You, Lord Jesus, were for her a privileged reference.
She was able to know you in the beauty of nature.
As she questioned her choice of life,
she always sought you and how to serve you best.
Through her married love she became a sign
of your love for the Church and for humanity.
Like you, the Good Samaritan, she stopped
at the side of every sick person, small and weak.
Following your example, she gave herself
entirely out of love, generating new life.
Holy Spirit, source of every perfection,
grant also to us wisdom, intelligence and courage
so that through the example of St. Gianna’s personal,
family and professional life, and through her intercession,
we too, are able to place ourselves at the service of
every person and grow in love and holiness.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.