The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Image of St. Gianna Beretta Molla

It is true that we tend to take things extremely for granted. Maybe it is because we see these things every day, thus  becoming accustomed to them, but that does not mean that these things are not incredible. We should never stop seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.  Everything that exists is part of God’s plan no matter how common it may be. St. Gianna Molla shows us this through the story of her and family. At the surface, there may not be anything “special” about her. But once we keep reading…and go deeper… we see how amazing she truly was.

Living in the 1950s, she had a very happy life. By 1959, she was happily married and had three beautiful children. Her life was filled with great joy and gratitude to God for all that He had done. By God’s grace, Gianna was also a wonderful doctor. This was always a dream of her’s and she was now living it out beautifully even with three kids. She had now become pregnant with their fourth child. Although,all this joy soon crashed with the news that she had developed a fibroma in her uterus. This saintly mother than had to make a decision, either:  have an abortion, which would save her life and allow her to continue to have children; have a complete hysterectomy, which would preserve her life, but take the unborn child’s life, and prevent further pregnancy; or the removal of only the fibroma, with the potential of further complications. Catholic teaching would have allowed her to under go the hysterectomy, but Gianna made a heroic choice. She was going to remove the fibroma.

She thought only about saving the life of her child, and made this very clear to her family. Throughout the pregnancy she would say: “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.” And thus, Gianna Emanuela was delivered by Caesarean section on April 21, 1962. It was Good Friday of that year. The delivery did come with many complications for this beautiful mother and she died a week later.

It is easy to see that St. Gianna Mola shows us what real love is all about. She put her children before herself in the most heroic way possible, and always trusted God through it all. She did not care about the effects any of this would have on her. She knew she wanted her child to live. This hero was canonized on April 24, 1994, with both her husband and their last child, Gianna present in the ceremony.

St. Gianna Mola is and example to us of how to love. She shows us that love is giving everything of self, and only thinking of the best for others. There is something so extraordinary in a family, especially shown to us though this story. Let us pray for the grace to live this saint’s message in our own lives. For the grace of loving all to the fullest. To have our actions always point to the love of God. To not be afraid to be heros in our lives. Let us pray for God to grant us the grace of living a totally selfless life.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

“The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary women and their ordinary children.” – G.K. Chesterton 

“a simple, but more than ever, significant messenger of divine love.” – Pope John Paul II at St. Ginna Mola’s canonization. 

St. Gianna Mola, Pray for us!

God Bless you!



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