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20131014 Saintly prolife witness 聖人見證生命

St. Gianna Beretta Molla was born to Albert and Maria Beretta Oct. 4, 1922, the 10th of 13 children. The Beretta family was very devout. Both parents and children attended Mass very early each morning, and each evening recited the rosary, then renewed their consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Spiritual life
In March 1938, Gianna attended a retreat according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Gianna wrote the following resolutions:
* To do all things for the Lord…. To serve God, I will not go to the movies without being sure that the film is suitable and not scandalous or immoral.
* I prefer to die rather than commit a mortal sin.
* To say the “Hail Mary” every day so that the Lord might give me a holy death.
* I wish to fear mortal sin as if it were a serpent, and I repeat I would rather die 1,000 times than offend the Lord.
* I beg the Lord to help me understand His great mercy.
* The way of humiliation is the shortest way to reach holiness. I pray that the Lord lead me to paradise.
Gianna was involved in Catholic Action and devoted all her free time to apostolic work. She constantly lived out the motto of the Catholic Action: prayer-action-sacrifice. Gianna was a daily communicant. To assist others with their mission, Gianna offered her own program of spiritual life:
* Morning and evening prayers, not in bed but on your knees.
* Holy Mass.
* Holy Communion.
* Meditation, at least 10 minutes.
* Visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
* Holy Rosary: without Our Lady’s help, no one enters paradise.

Medical profession
Gianna studied medicine in Milan and Pavia, both in Italy. She considered the medical profession more as a mission than work. She wrote, “Just as the priests can touch Jesus, so we doctors touch Jesus in the bodies of our patients: in the poor, the young, the old, and children. Jesus makes Himself seen in our midst.”
As a doctor, Gianna specialized in pediatrics. She had continual contact with mothers through their children. She became very close to many of these women and helped them through some very difficult times. She would have long discussions with them about the best way to raise children and about the value of human life.

Wife and mother
In December 1954, Gianna met Pietro Molla. They were engaged the following April and married in September 1955. Pietro wrote, “The more I know Gianna, the more I am convinced that God could not have given me a greater gift than her love and companionship.”
Gianna gave birth to three children: in 1956, 1957, and 1959. To thank God after the birth of each child, she took money from her savings to give to the missions, an amount equal to six months of a worker’s salary.
In 1961 Gianna was once again expecting. During the second month of pregnancy, Gianna developed a fibroma on her uterus. Gianna said, “This time it will be a difficult delivery, and they may have to save one or the other; I want them to save my baby.”
Gianna refused a complete hysterectomy, which would have result in the death of the preborn baby.
On April 21, 1962, Gianna’s fourth child, Gianna Emanuela, was successfully delivered by Caesarean section. However Gianna continued to have severe pain, and died of septic peritonitis on April 28.
“If you only knew how differently things are judged at the hour of death!” Gianna remarked to her sister before her death. “How vain certain things appear, to which we gave such importance in the world!”







  1. 為天主做任何事情。… 侍奉天主,不觀看電影,除非已確實那套電影不涉及醜聞或不道德劇情和景象。
  2. 我寧願死也不犯一個大罪。
  3. 每天誦唸「聖母經」,祈求天主賞給我一個善終。
  4. 但願我把大罪看做一條毒蛇,我甘願死一千次,也不要得罪天主。
  5. 我懇求天主,讓我明白祂莫大的慈愛。
  6. 謙卑是成聖的速成班。我祈求天主引領我到天尚。






  1. 唸早晚課,不是躺在床上,而是跪下來唸。
  2. 參與彌撒。
  3. 善領聖體。
  4. 每天至少默想十分鐘。
  5. 朝拜聖體。
  6. 常常誦唸玫瑰經;沒有聖母的幫助,沒有人能進入天國。














1961年安納再次懷孕,可惜懷孕第二個月,發現子宮纖維瘤,安納明白到眾人要做一項非常艱難的決定 ––– 在拯救母親與胎兒中,只能擇其一。安納斷言:「我要拯救我的胎兒!」她拒絕了割除子宮手術,不願胎兒喪失生命。




安納死前向她的姊妹說:「妳不知道一個人臨死前怎樣看這個世界! … 在這世界上很多事情,我們當時看得很重,到最後看來還是虛無!」



20131007 Life offered for mother 為母親奉上生命

Blessed Laura Vicu¤a was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1891. Her father died when she was only 2.
Laura’s mother, Mercedes Pino, was anxious to support herself and her two daughters. After working as a cook for several years in the Quilquihu‚ Hostel, the owner, Manuel Mora, promised Mercedes that if she came to live with him as his mistress he would send Laura to a boarding school.

Life at school
Laura went to a boarding school ran by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (the Salesian Sisters). She was very happy living under the care of the young missionary sisters.
She was taught a love for religion and began to take a deep interest in the Catholic faith. Laura was a model student and a leader who helped other students in many different ways. On June 2, 1901, Laura made her First Communion. She wrote, “Oh, my God, I want to love and serve you all my life.”
Even at a young age, Laura was mature enough to understand her mother’s problems. Though not married, Manuel and Mercedes were living together like a married couple. Laura knew that it was a sin.
Mercedes had been distanced from God because of Manuel. This motivated Laura to pray every day for her mother’s salvation, and to help her to leave Manuel. “I wish Mamma would know you better and be happy,” she often prayed before the tabernacle.
Laura spent most of her time praying, and some of her classmates shunned her piety. However Laura had one good friend, Mercedes Vera, to whom she expressed her deepest feelings, such as her desire to become a nun. Inspired by the Salesian Sisters, Laura hoped to consecrate herself to God in the service of her brothers and sisters.
As Laura grew older, Manuel turned his attention from Mercedes to her. During a Christmas vacation, Laura was beaten twice by Manuel because she refused his sexual advances and his attempts to dissuade her from becoming a nun. She was forced to flee the house to avoid him.
Manuel stopped paying for Laura’s education, but she held to her desire to become a nun. When the nuns at her school learned of the situation, they gave her a scholarship. With a grateful heart, Laura returned to school, but she was still deeply concerned about her mother.

Oblation of life
One day, remembering the phrase of Jesus: “No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends,” Laura decided to give her life in exchange for her mother’s salvation. Laura said to the Lord: “I offer you my life for that of my mother.”
Laura’s offer was accepted. In late 1903 Laura became seriously ill with pulmonary tuberculosis and returned to her mother. On Jan. 14, 1904, Laura refused the sexual advances of the drunken Manuel, who beat her unconscious. Though she recovered consciousness, Laura never recovered her health.
Before she died, Laura told her mother: “Mama, I offered my life for you; I asked our Lord for this. Before I die, mother, would I have the joy of seeing you repent?”
Mercedes tearfully answered, “I swear I will do whatever you ask me! God is the witness of my promise!”
Laura smiled and said: “Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Mary! Goodbye, Mother! Now I die happy!”
On Jan. 22, 1904, Laura died from a combination of the disease and the abuse.
Mercedes left Manuel and returned to the Catholic Church. On Sept. 3, 1988, Laura Vicu¤a was beatified by Pope John Paul II.






















20130930 Alexandrina lived by Holy Communion 雅莉娜只以聖體維生

Blessed Alexandrina received a series of messages from Jesus in 1935. He warned that a second world war would take place as a punishment for the sins of mankind, and said the war could only be prevented by the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Jesus urged Alexandrina, through her spiritual director, to petition the Pope to perform this consecration. He also requested she pray and offer her sufferings for this intention.
In September 1936 Alexandrina’s spiritual director, Father Mariano Pinho, wrote to Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII) regarding the consecration. In 1938, Father Pinho preached a retreat to the bishops of Portugal. At the end of the retreat the bishops petitioned the Holy Father to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart.

Passion of Christ
Our Lord told Alexandrina, “As a sign that it is My will that the world be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of My mother, I will make you suffer my passion until the Holy Father has decided to implement this consecration.”
Beginning in October 1938, Alexandrina experienced the Passion of Christ in a state of ecstasy every Friday from midday to 3 p.m. These ecstasies took place about 180 times, until March 27, 1942, the Friday before Holy Week.
On Holy Thursday, Alexandrina felt sure that she would not experience the Passion ecstasy the next day. On Good Friday, Jesus told her the reason: Pope Pius XII had decided to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Holy Father performed the consecration on Oct. 31, 1942. According to Sister Lucia of Fatima, this consecration helped to end the world war.

Holy Eucharist
On Good Friday, 1942, Alexandrina began a total fast from food and drink which lasted 13 years, until her death. She received only Holy Communion. Jesus said to her, “You are living by the Eucharist alone because I want to prove to the world the power of the Eucharist and the power of My life in souls.”
In 1943 Alexandrina was ordered to undergo a medical examination. After 40 days in hospital, Doctor Enrico Gomes de Araujo told Alexandrina, “In October I will come to visit you at Balasar, not as a doctor-spy, but as a friend who respects you.”
Because of the influence of some detractors, Father Pinho was ordered to stop being the spiritual director of Alexandrina, and he was sent to Brazil, where he remained until his death on July 11, 1963. Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote a note on a holy picture to Alexandrina, ensuring her of prayers for a new spiritual director.
Sister Lucia’s close friend, Father Umberto Pasquale, became the spiritual director of Alexandrina in 1944. He invited Alexandrina to offer some of her prayers and sufferings for the salvation of youth. She became a Salesian cooperator and prayed especially for youth.
Jesus told Alexandrina that the Church was facing a great crisis. He said, “Tell my ministers to be vigilant, for the devil is preparing a massive assault on the Church.”
In her final years, Alexandrina prayed much for the Church. She constantly told people to practise the First Saturday devotion and to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the Brown Scapular.
Alexandrina died on Oct. 13, 1955. Her last words were: “Do not sin. The pleasures of this life are worth nothing. Receive Communion. Pray the rosary every day. This sums up everything.”
Christ said to Alexandrina, “I desire that, after your death, your life may be known, and that will happen; I shall see to it. It will reach the ends of the earth.”
Alexandrina was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2004.