Gianna Beretta Molla: Saint of Life and Love

Tonight EWTN is airing the documentary movie “Love is a Choice” which tells the story of an Italian woman who gave up her own life in order for her youngest child to be born. That child and her father were present about 40 years later (in 2004) when their mother/wife was canonized as a saint!

Here is the description of the movie (as written on the EWTN schedule):

Saint Gianna Berretta Molla made a heroic choice to put her own life at risk in order to save the life of her unborn child, this program takes you inside her story through interviews with those who knew her, and the letters she exchanged with her husband.

To me and to many others, St. Gianna is a very clear choice as a patron for the pro-life movement (not to detract at all from the role of Our Lady of Guadalupe!). She is a saint of modern times  (1922-1962) who was a doctor (pediatrician), wife, and mother who serves as a wonderful role model.

Here are links to more information about this amazing woman’s story:

http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_
20040516_beretta-molla_en.html

http://www.saintgianna.org

http://members.chello.nl/~l.de.bondt/GiannaBerettaMollaEng.htm

http://www.scborromeo.org/saints/gianna.htm 

http://www.catholicinsight.com/online/saints/stmolla.shtml

What a find! This link goes to an article written by Fr. Tom Rosica who tells about the making of the movie:

Mr. Pietro Molla, husband of Saint Gianna, invited me to serve on the Canonization Committee last year, and then asked Salt+Light Television Network in Toronto to produce the formal documentary on Saint Gianna Molla that will be presented on the eve of her canonization in Rome. Salt+Light Television was granted the exclusive rights to interview the saint’s family, to have access to all family movies, documents, and photos earlier this year. The documentary, entitled Love is a Choice, is in its final stages of editing and will air on Canadian Catholic television in May 2004.

In this time when human life and the sacrament of marriage are both greatly under attack, let us ask St. Gianna to intercede for us, our country, and the world.

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One Response to “Gianna Beretta Molla: Saint of Life and Love”

  1. Soon on a TV near you… « Precious Feet Says:

    […] Here is the link to a previous post about that second program: https://preciousfeet.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/gianna-beretta-molla-saint-of-life-and-love/ […]

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