Friday, October 31, 2008

Pro-Life Link

I found this lovely site and wanted to share it for today's 40 Days for Life post; it seem appropriate given tomorrow's feast day. Excerpt:


Patron Saint of Mothers with Health Problems

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: (1922-1962). A deeply spiritual wife and mother, and doctor of pediatric medicine in Mesero, Italy, Gianna also served the elderly and poor through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In 1961, Gianna elected to continue her life threatening fourth pregnancy rather than abort her unborn child. Seven days after her daughter was born, Gianna died. See this link for more information.

Patron Saint of Unwed Mothers

Saint Margaret of Cortona: (1247-1297). Born of poor parents in Laviano, Italy, Margaret left home as a young teen to live with nine years with her young lover, bearing him a son out of wedlock. When her lover was murdered by his enemies, Margaret underwent a conversion and embraced a live of penance, prayer, and apostolate, living the Rule of 1221. "I have put thee as a burning light," Our Lord said to her, "to enlighten those who sit in the darkness.--I have set thee as an example to sinners, that in thee they may behold how my mercy awaits the sinner who is willing to repent; for as I have been merciful to thee, so will I be merciful to them." See this link for more information.

PATRON SAINT OF MOTHERS IN DIFFICULTY

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi: (1769-1837). Born in Siena, Italy, Anna Maria married a butler named Domenico. Always living on a financial brink, Anna supplemented Domenico's meager income with various jobs while raising their six children, tolerating Domenico's jealous outbursts and impatience, and caring for elderly parents who came to live in the cramped family quarters. Anna Maria became a Third Order Trinitarian and practiced many penances as well as had a deep prayer life. Many, including bishops, sought her counsel.


Do visit this lovely site for pro-life prayers and links--and have a Happy Halloween!

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