Diocese of Rockville Centre

Laura Molla, the daughter of Gianna and Pietro Molla, once described her mother's heroic action as "the crowning of a whole life of virtue, a life lived constantly in the light of the Gospel as a young woman, physician, spouse and mother." To live a life faithful to the Gospel, allowing it to shed light on every area of one's life - that should be the goal of every sincere Christian. No area of our lives should be untouched by the light of Christ; no corner is too hidden away, too dark or too ugly to be illuminated by Jesus' cleansing gaze.

St. Gianna constantly evaluated her actions by Gospel values; her faith did not seem complicated, but it was very deep. She stood firm in her convictions and would not be swayed by what others had to say if it went against her beliefs. She knew that God expected her to be holy, and she struggled to live up to that call. She could have written these words of St. Paul to Timothy: "He has saved us and called us to a holy life not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." (2 Timothy 1:9-10)

Of course, we can't live the in the light of the Gospel if we don't know it! It is up to each of us to read the life of Christ and come to know our Savior as an intimate friend. There we see His humanity -how He got hungry, tired, or thirsty; how He loved His friends, wept over them, spoke to them. There we can know His divinity - how He healed people, raised them from death, forgave their sins. And there St. Gianna learned that sacrifice is the highest form of love, which enabled her to put her own life completely in the hands of God.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!

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