Day 8: Blessed are You, Reviled and Persecuted
Despite being different from other families, which can leave one ostracized, Gianna did her Catholic duty to help guide her family in the Beatitudes and the Sacraments. She firmly believed that, "When one does one's own duty, one must not be concerned, because God's help will not be lacking."
“Finally, ‘Blessed are YOU when men revile YOU and persecute YOU and utter all kinds of evil against YOU falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad for YOUR reward is great in Heaven, for so men persecuted the Prophets before YOU.' The first seven Beatitudes are free will choices on our part; the eighth Beatitude is done to us in consequence of these choices. We are to suffer the eighth Beatitude as we prefect the practice of the first seven.”
- “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
St. Gianna Beretta Molla,
Pray for us!