Novena To St. Gianna Beretta Molla (April 19 – April 28)

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.

Say the 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.

Say the 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.

Say the 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.

Say the Hail Mary…

(Source: Shrine of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla,
Archdiocese of Philadelphia.)

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