"In fact, woman has a genius all her own,
which is vitally essential to both society and the Church." --John Paul II

Monday, April 5, 2010

Husband to a Saint: Pietro Molla has died

Pietro Molla, husband of St Gianna Molla, died on Holy Saturday at the age of 97.  He will be buried tomorrow. 

Gianna is best known for her heroic choice for life, enduring a complicated pregnancy to bring her daughter Giana Emanuela to term. (Interestingly, it was on a Holy Saturday that Gianna gave birth to little Giana. Gianna died a week later, on Easter Saturday.)

After the death of his wife, Pietro was left to bring up their four children, all under the age of five.  One of those children died two years later.

What kind of man lives to see his wife canonized?   Gianna's vocation as mother blossomed out of her vocation as wife.  Perhaps it's worth learning more about Mr Molla and about Gianna's life with him.

St Gianna, pray for Pietro and for us.  May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

1 comment:

  1. A remarkable saint & a remarkable husband and father. It was with his knowledge and consent that St. Gianna made the decision to preserve the life of her unborn baby. I would imagine that his life will be examined for sanctity, as well.


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