Being financially challenged can sometimes lead to surprise blessings. That’s what happened to my family this All Saints Day. I couldn’t resist the invitation of the church to let the children dress up as saints during the All Saints Day mass. At the same time, I didn’t know where to get the resources to buy or even put together something to make a costume for even one of my kids to do so. With the guidance of the spirit, I was led to know and admire this particular woman.

As a Catholic, I have known some saints who lived heroic lives standing up and fighting for their faith. Most of them wore long, robe-type, gown-like garments from centuries ago. Until I came across the name Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, patron saint of mothers, physicians, and unborn children. She is a modern day saint, wearing the kind of clothes we wear nowadays, with profession some women of our time have, and married with children. An ordinary woman with an extra ordinary kind of love, which she acknowledged as “a beautiful sentiment God has put into the souls of men and women.” I am glad to have known you Saint Gianna, during this time of my financial difficulty. Through you, God did not only save me from having an out-of-the-budget expense. Moreover, with your life story, He also blessed me with the knowledge and belief that living a saintly life is still possible in our present generation. Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, I invoke you, please pray for us.

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