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Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: The Gift of Life

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: The Gift of Life

by Susan Helen Wallace

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Alberto Beretta was raised in a boarding school after the death of his mother at an early age. In his twenties, when he met Maria, he knew that he wanted to make her his wife. The years of boarding school had made Alberto know that family would always be important to him. He would make it the focus of his life. His wife Maria was the oldest of five girls and had plenty of experience helping her mother with her younger siblings. So it was no surprise to find Alberto and Maria starting their family very early in their marriage. Twenty years and thirteen children later, Alberto and Maria had suffered through the death of three of their children to disease and two to infant death. Gianna, their tenth child, was born on the Feast day of St. Francis. Such an event was thought to bring special blessings to the child born on that day and Gianna was no exception. Gianna's older sister Amalia taught her all about the Catholic faith and when she was only five and a half years old, Gianna took First Communion. At fifteen, Gianna attended a Catholic school and continued to grow in her faith, drinking in the example set by her mother. Gianna was devastated when her mother, at the age of fifty-five, died of a heart attack and was followed in death by her husband four months later. After the death of their parents, Gianna and her siblings returned to their family home and Gianna began her studies to become a doctor. As time passed, she met the love of her life and would become a mother herself, following in her own mother's footsteps. When Gianna dies in childbirth, her wide reaching influence on mothers, daughters and women of all walks of life is noted by the Catholic Church and Gianna is canonized for sainthood. This is an inspiring book, especially for young women, which shows how to serve God and reach for your dreams within the embrace of your faith. This series, "Encounter the Saints," includes twenty-nine titles, with stories about obscure saints such as Gianna and world renowned saints such as St. Francis and St. Teresa of Calcutta. This pocket edition will be popular with teenagers but the stories will appeal to all readers.

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