Pietro Molla described his wife, Gianna's life as: an act and a perennial action of faith and charity; it was a non-stop search for the will of God for every decision and for every work, with prayer and meditation, Holy Mass and the Eucharist. It is these which gave St. Gianna the strength and courage to live her life in a way which honored her Lord. She always went back to the basics of prayer, the Mass and the Eucharist.

teens_praying.jpgI don't know about you, but I need to hear those words every day because they are the stepping stones to life. We can always begin our day with prayer and meditation, and if we are able to go to Mass and receive Holy Communion it builds on that platform, adding layers of grace. Living in the knowledge of the constant presence of God is possible for all of us. God is not meant to only be a Sunday obligation, but a Friend and Father we can turn to every day and every moment. Whether our day is going well or poorly, we can be sure that God wants to be a part of it! All we need to do is open our hearts to Him, wherever we are and whatever we are doing.

The basics of our Catholic faith were important to St. Gianna; she practiced them and relied upon them, she taught them to her children, and she lived them in her vocation. One doesn't need to be a scholar to pray the Rosary, sit quietly before the Blessed Sacrament or say an Our Father. A humble heart is all that's needed: And (Jesus) called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4)

Today, go back to the basics, and rediscover your faith.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!