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!”

聖安納.白麗妲.莫羅出生於1922年10月4日,在亞伯和瑪利亞.白麗妲十三名兒女中排第十。白麗妲家庭熱心敬主,每天大清晨,父母便帶同所有子女參與彌撒,黃昏則整家聚在一起誦唸玫瑰經,之後,重申把一家奉獻給耶穌聖心。

 

靈修生活

 

1938年3月,安納循聖依納爵神操做了一次退省,寫了以下結論:

 

  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。

 

安納參與了公教運動,把空閑時間全情投入使徒工作,完全活出公教運動的格言:祈禱、行動、奉獻。

 

安納每天領聖體。為幫助別人使徒工作,她分享自己的靈修生活:

 

  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。

 

專科醫學

 

安納在柏維雅和米蘭攻讀醫科,她把醫療看做一項使命多於一份工作。她認為:就如神父們可以接觸耶穌,醫生通過接觸不同階層和年紀的病人接觸耶穌。耶穌就在他們當中!

 

安納是兒科醫生,因而接觸很多母親,與她們渡過不少困難的時刻,常跟那些母親們商討,如何以最好的方法,養育子女,又提醒她們人類生命的價值。

 

妻子及母親

 

1954年12月,安納邂逅伯多祿.莫羅;翌年四月訂婚,九月結婚。伯多祿寫着:「我認識安納更多,更感到天主不可能賜給我更大的禮物,甚於安納給我的愛與相伴。」

 

1956年、1957年、1959年,安納分別誕下三個孩子,每次嬰孩出生後,她總會從積蓄中捐贈傳教事業,表達對天主的感謝。捐贈金額相等於工人半年的薪俸。

 

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。

 

1962年4月21日,安納接受剖腹產子,第四名孩子、依瑪諾、順利展開其在世生命,但母親安納,繼續忍受極大的疼痛,最後,4月28日死於膿毒的腹膜炎。

 

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!」

 

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