In this day and age, when women are killing their unborn babies, for
no reason, other than their babies might inconvenience them, one must
remember that this wasn't always the case. There was a time when
the expectant mother would protect her unborn baby with her life.
There wasn't that self-indulgent request, “my child, you must die, so
that I can live as I want to.”
Such is the story of Gianna Beretta, who was born in Magenta
(Milan), Italy, in 1922, the 10th of 13 children. Already as a young
girl she willingly accepted the gift of faith and the clearly Christian
education that she received from her excellent parents. As a result,
she experienced life as a marvelous gift from God, had a strong faith
in Providence and was convinced of the necessity and effectiveness
After earning degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of
Pavia in 1949, she opened a medical clinic in Mesero (near Magenta)
in 1950. She specialized in pediatrics at the University of Milan in 1952
and thereafter gave special attention to mothers, babies, the elderly and
She married Pietro Molla in 1955. Within the first four years of her
marriage, she had three children. With simplicity and equilibrium she
harmonized the demands of mother, wife, doctor and her passion for life.
Gianna Beretta Molla, in September of 1961, at the age of 39, was
pregnant with her fourth child. Her physicians diagnosed a large uterine
tumor which was causing her pain and pressing on the baby in her womb,
which required surgery. The surgeon suggested that Gianna undergo an
abortion in order to save her own life.
Gianna's decision was prompt and decisive: "I shall accept whatever they
will do to me provided they save the child." She stated: "Yes, I have
prayed so much in these days. With faith and hope I have entrusted
myself to the Lord... I trust in God, yes; but now it is up to me to fulfill
my duty as a mother. I renew to the Lord the offer of my life. I am ready
for everything, to save my baby."
She underwent the surgery but her fate was sealed. The following year,
on Good Friday, April 20, 1962, Gianna was admitted to Monza Maternity
Hospital, to deliver her fourth child. Only a few days prior to the delivery
she told her husband, "if you must decide between me and the baby,
have no hesitation: choose -- and I demand it --the baby, save him."
Her daughter, Gianna Emanuela, was born the next day but Gianna
expired seven days later, on April 28, 1962 - the Feast of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort.
In 1977 a young woman was in the hospital in Grajau, in Brazil. She
had just given birth to a still-born baby and was dying. An unforeseeable
yet very serious complication had caused a vaginal abscess which was
inoperable in that hospital requiring that the patient be transported to
a specialized hospital in San Luis located more than 600 kilometers
away. The young woman would never have survived the trip.
A nurse, Sister Bernardina di Manaus, a Capuchin sister, very concerned
due to the painful situation of the patient, turned in prayer to Gianna
Beretta Molla in order that, through her intercession, the dying mother
be freed from her pain and the dramatic voyage to San Luis be avoided.
While looking at a small photo of Gianna, she prayed that the abscess
heal and the trip to San Luis be averted.
Sister Bernardina invited two other nurses to unite themselves in this
petition. Immediately, according to the testimony of the patient, her
troubles did not only diminish, but they completely disappeared.
On April 11, 1978, Cardinal Giovanni Colombo and sixteen bishops of
the Lombardy Episcopal Conference requested of Pope John Paul II
the introduction of the cause of beatification of the Servant of God,
Gianna Beretta Molla. In their postulatory letter the bishops implored
the glorification of this spouse and mother, describing her as "a model
of a complete reality to this world prone to misconstrue and refute the
right of life".
Beatification: took place on April 24, 1994, with her husband and children
Following are quotes of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla that should inspire all to uphold the Sanctity of Life:
"If you must choose between me and the baby, no hesitation: choose
- and I demand it -- the baby, save him!"
"Whatever God wants".
"If one were to consider how much Jesus has suffered, one would not
commit the smallest sin."
"When one does one's own duty, one must not be concerned, because
God's help will not be lacking".
"Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance: through its crystal the world
should see God."
"The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank
God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day."
"God's Providence is in all things, it's always present."
"Lord, keep Your grace in my heart. Live in me so that Your grace
be mine. Make it that I may bear every day some flowers and new fruit".
"One earns Paradise with one's daily task".
"Why do you not succeed in doing good? It's because you do not
"Also in suffering, let us say: Thanks be to God."
"In order to bring true peace back to my soul, the only way that there
exists on the Earth is Confession, because Jesus awaits me with
his immense heart."
"One cannot love without suffering or suffer without loving.”
"Look at the mothers who truly love their children: how many sacrifices
they make for them. They are ready for everything, even to give their
own blood so that their babies grow up good, healthy and strong.”
The story of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla was not seen in the
mainstream media, which is predominately liberal and advocate
abortions on demand.
When you think of her faith in God and the love she had for her children
and another baby in her womb and never thinking twice about
putting her medical career on hold, your thoughts automatically drift to
women, who have their unborn babies killed -- not because their lives
are in danger, or even their health threatened, but simply because their
babies’ death would somehow make their lives easier -- so they think.
See Article: Abortions Vs Childbirth
It should be clear to all, that facts do substantiate the proposition,
that indeed, we do live in a sick society. A society, whose
self-indulgence is paramount and human life, other than one’s own,
For more details and pictures of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla,
who is truly is a Saint for our age, visit www.gianna.org or the
detailed profile on her in the profiles of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY:
Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla