This is the inspiring story of a canonized contemporary woman. Gianna Molla (1923-1962) risked her life in order to save her unborn child. Diagnosed with uterine tumors during her fourth pregnancy, she refused a hysterectomy that would have aborted the child, and opted for a riskier surgery in an attempt to save the baby. Herself a medical doctor, Molla did give birth to the child, but succumbed to an infection. An Italian woman who loved skiing, playing piano, attending concerts at the Milan Conservatory, Molla was a dedicated physician and devoted wife and mother who lived life to the fullest, yet generously risked death by cancer for the sake of her child. A unique story, co-authored by her own husband, with his deeply moving personal insights of the heroic witness, love, sacrifice and joy of his saintly wife. A woman for all times and walks of life, this moving account of the multi-faceted, selfless St. Gianna Molla, who made the ultimate sacrifice to save her unborn child, will be an inspiration to all readers. Illustrated "A woman of exceptional love, an outstanding wife and mother, Gianna Molla gave witness in her daily life to the demanding values of the Gospel." - Pope John Paul II
Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy explains the startling claim, so often overlooked, that God transforms the Christian people through the Church’s liturgy to share in his divine nature. This resource serves as an excellent introduction to the Catholic theology of divinization through the Liturgy. This remarkable work forms a coherent introduction to how God makes the faithful in the pews partakers in his divine nature through the action of the liturgy.
The story of Gianna Beretta Molla comes to life in colorful, full-page illustrations and lively text for children ages 4 through 9. Gianna Beretta Molla worked as a doctor. She was also a wife and mother. Gianna loved her own little family dearly. Helping people was important to Gianna. Her work taught her that life was a beautiful gift from God. Like the Holy Family, Gianna's family gives us an example of Christian love and faithfulness. Author and long-time elementary educator Barbara Yoffie helps readers develop an understanding of saints as real-life heroes and heroines who live all around and inspire us to become more like Christ. Gianna Beretta Molla is one of 6 saints in the Saints of Christmas set, part of the Saints and Me! series.
This third, supplemental volume continues the approach of the original two volumes of the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy that were published in 2007. First, the volume includes entries that explore Catholic social thought at its broadest, most theoretical level. Second, the volume includes entries that discuss recent social science research that bears on issues important to Catholic social thought. Third, the volume includes entries discussing specific issues of social policy that have become increasingly important in recent years.
As a mother, wife, and doctor St. Gianna Molla is not your typical saint. She loved fashion, being outdoors, and traveling in her native Italy. Children will enjoy learning about her life s journey and how this modern woman became a saint! Ages 9 12.
As a mother, wife, and doctor St. Gianna Molla is not your typical saint. She loved fashion, being outdoors, and traveling in her native Italy. Children will enjoy learning about her life’s journey and how this modern woman became a saint! Ages 9–12.
Marriage and Holy Orders is for high school students who will soon be embarking on a new stage in life which will initially include college and career planning but will naturally lead to vocational choices such as marriage, religious life, or priesthood. Two vocations that are conferred with their own sacraments--marriage and holy priesthood--are the focus of the text and are set in the context of a practical study of what it means to live the Christian and human vocation. Each chapter of the student text includes several regular features, including: - an opening Scripture quotation - Review questions and Journal/Discussion starters for each main section - Several relevant features that connect with the main material - Minds, Hearts, and Hands assignments that help the students connect the material to service, prayer, and further study - Vocabulary words highlighted in the text and defined in the margins - Ten application projects or assignments that students can choose to work on throughout the entire chapter A Teacher's Wraparound Edition is available as well as supplemental online resources at www.avemariapress.com
In the very last canonization ceremony of his pontificate, Pope John Paul II included Gianna Beretta Molla among the saints of the church. Before her death in 1962, Gianna lived the typical life of a modern wife, mother, and medical doctor—and yet she did it with an extraordinary measure of love and faith. She stands, therefore, as a powerful witness to people of our day. It is no wonder that Pope Francis has named Gianna patron saint of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In Gianna Beretta Molla, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, a friend of the Molla family, tells Gianna's story as only he is able to do. He draws on his own personal conversations with members of her family, as well as original letters that Gianna wrote to and received from her beloved husband Pietro. His narrative brings to light a remarkable contemporary woman who truly lived a consistent ethic of life. She was a physician who died protecting the life of her own unborn child, and yet insisted by her own way of living that an authentic respect for human life will always call us to care for the poor and the weak at all stages of life. Readers will surely be inspired, strengthened, and moved by St. Gianna's story.