Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy Feast of Saint Gianna!
Our Novena {Day 9} and Our Sweet Baby's Name

Happy Feast of Saint Gianna! I hope you'll join me in celebrating this day. I plan to make an Italian dinner in honor of her heritage - probably lasagna. And we'll have these delicious brownies for dessert, because surely St. Gianna liked chocolate. (I sure do!)

I am so thankful for each of you who has prayed this novena with me. Whether you have been here for the novena in its entirety, or if you stopped by for a day or two, I am grateful.
It is always a blessing to be able to join together in prayer, and I hope the novena was fruitful for you, as it was for me. Today I am praying for each of you and your intentions, that wherever you are in your faith journey, St. Gianna would be an inspiration and a light for you.
Our novena:

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. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

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.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

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.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

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 {say your intentions} 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. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

{novena source}
For a wealth of information on Saint Gianna, visit

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As you may know, in March my husband and I suffered the miscarriage of our first child. In the midst of the heartbreak and sadness, it was important to us that we give our child a name. Since we were not far enough along to know whether our baby was a boy or a girl, we chose to name him with one of each: Thomas Gianna

We named our sweet baby after two wonderful saints. Thomas is for St. Thomas Aquinas. His feast day is January 28. Thanks be to God for NFP, we are fairly certain our baby was conceived on or right around that day. We plan to celebrate the gift of our child's life then in the years to come. St. Thomas Aquinas was a man of great virtue and is the patron saint of students (my husband Michael is currently a Ph.D. student, and St. Thomas Aquinas is also who he received as his patron saint of the year for 2014). St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.

Gianna is after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who suffered two miscarriages. As patron saint of the unborn and of mothers, she has been a very dear saint to me in recent days. Her life was a witness to the beauty and value of human life, and the love God has for every soul. St. Gianna, pray for us.

Michael and I have faith in the loving mercy of God. We have faith that our baby now has a place among the angels and the saints, and that he now experiences the love and glory of God that we hope to one day experience together. Thomas Gianna, pray for us.

"Love and sacrifice are clearly linked, like the sun and the light.
We cannot love without suffering and we cannot suffer without love."
{Saint Gianna Beretta Molla}
{beautiful graphic via}
Wishing you a most blessed Feast of Saint Gianna...

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  1. Your faith is inspiring, my friend...
    Your baby's name is lovely. : )

  2. The name is beautiful. Praying for healing, peace, and comfort for you and your husband.

  3. Meeting you via your beautiful blog. Hello. I have a special love for Gianna Molla, got engaged two years ago April 28. An inspiration to us all....

    My husband and I lost our little Estrella, January 27, 2014. Praying for the three of you. May Our Lord and Mama Mary hold you close.

  4. A beautiful name for your little one. I will keep you in my prayers.

    I love that quote from St. Gianna. It is very true!


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