Gianna Beretta Molla was an Italian pediatric physician, a working mother, an avid outdoorswoman, and a loving wife best known for her decision to not abort her child when complications arose during her fourth pregnancy. However, she displayed heroic virtue throughout her life, joining the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the age of twelve, and Catholic Action later in life. She earned her medical degree in 1949 intending to use her skills to help the poor in Brazil, but when poor health prevented that, she opened her own office, focusing especially on helping poor women. Discover more about her life.
St. Catherine of Siena had a deep love for Christ at a young age. Here is her story, a prayer and ways to learn more.
St. Joseph was the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. According to the earliest Christian traditions, he was a carpenter or woodworker. The Gospel of Matthew calls him a “righteous man,” meaning he was an observant Jew who obeyed God’s law. Online you’ll find a story about Saint Joseph, a poem, and much more.
Camped on the hill of Slane, Patrick and his companions had lit an Easter Vigil bonfire in defiance of the High King of Tara. Now the king was coming with all his soldiers. Would he extinguish the light of Christ from Ireland, or would Patrick prevail? Find out online.
Ignite your children’s love of special intentions and try praying the general intercessions as a family. Here’s why you should pray the universal prayer at home, and examples of what to do.