Thursday, April 19, 2007

Novena Time

It's time to begin your novena to St. Gianna Beretta Molla.

Saint Gianna is an example to all mothers for the sacrificial love she demonstrated, refusing medical treatment that would have killed her unborn child. On her beatification on Mother's Day, 1994, Pope John Paul II observed:
"A woman of exceptional love, an outstanding wife and mother, she gave witness in her daily life to the demanding values of the Gospel. By holding up this woman as an exemplar of Christian perfection, we would like to extol all those high-spirited mothers of families who give themselves completely to their family, who suffer in giving birth, who are prepared for every labor and every kind of sacrifice, so that the best they have can be given to others."

The Novena Prayer can be found here.

This prayer of St. Gianna can be used anytime:
Jesus, I promise You to submit myself to all that You permit to befall me,
make me only know Your will.
My most sweet Jesus, infinitely merciful God, most tender Father of souls,
and in a particular way of the most weak, most miserable, most infirm
which You carry with special tenderness between Your divine arms,
I come to You to ask You, through the love and merits of Your Sacred Heart,
the grace to comprehend and to do always Your holy will,
the grace to confide in You,
the grace to rest securely through time and eternity in Your loving divine arms.

H/T to Suzanne for the reminder!

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