What St. Gianna Can Teach Our Culture
She lived well the feminine genius and was an inspiring witness to the beauty and dignity of life.
I have never met one of my favorite people.
But I feel close to her, all the same.
She has shown me, and the world, that holiness is possible — in the 20th century, as a wife and mother and a working woman.
Photos of St. Gianna Molla show her in her vocation amid home life — and her impeccable fashion sense. Her feminine style reflects how women — then and now — can go about “Pursuing God’s Mission With Feminine Style.” I’ve been thinking about her holy witness and how she lived well the feminine genius while “Championing a True Presentation of Womanhood” — and while working as a physician and enjoying hobbies like skiing, among other modern pastimes.
She is one of the saints I would love to chat with over coffee.
I love her encouragement to “live holy the present moment” — because that is what we are made for.
As I seek her intercession, I wonder how she decorated her domestic church. I think she would have been an adherent of liturgical living and all that entails.
Most of all, she was an inspiring witness to the beauty and dignity of life — caring for her family and her patients — and protecting her unborn child at all costs.
In a culture that often values “choice” at the expense of life and God’s plan for men and women, she is a true model of how living the Christian journey fosters all that is good, for ourselves and others; “that’s the beauty of the witness of St. Gianna, whose feast day is April 28. Because she lived in the world as a wife, mother, and physician, she shows us how we too can achieve holiness in our daily lives,” as I note in my book.
Her last words, on April 28, 1962, were “Jesus, I love you.”
What a beautiful legacy.
And that’s what this world needs more of.