Day 6: Blessed are the Pure of Heart
To read St. Gianna’s letters is to understand that her activities were vastly similar to those of any lay person. But all that she did was done from purity of intention and with her vocation fully in mind. She enjoyed skiing, attending the symphony, and when unable to accompany her husband on business trips, kept up constant letter-writing. Even when her children were very young, Gianna cared for their spiritual training by praying with them in the evenings and encouraging an examination of conscience.
“‘Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.’ St. Augustine explains that ‘the eyes by which God is seen are within the heart.’ As if he is speaking to our age he admonishes, ‘how foolish then are those who try to find God through the use of their bodily eyes!’ We must walk by faith not by sight. The purification of our hearts is the true end of our love which will allow us to see God clearly."
- “St. Augustine On the Beatitudes,” by Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
Let us ask St. Gianna to help bolster our resolve
to practice the Beatitudes in our daily lives.
Novena Prayer to St. Gianna
Glory be …
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 ...
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.
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 …………. 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.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla,
Pray for us!