Those who have been following this blog know that I follow Maltese Catholic life. The Archbishop there published a beautiful paper on life which is on this blog below. The search bar and tags can help those looking for articles.
IVF is not part of the teaching of the Church for many reasons. But, for those desiring children, remember we have a great saint in heaven. Many parents in the States have babies names after St. Gianna Beretta Molla. Here is her novena and click on the title for a good website on her life. Also, if you are a reader and have a witness to her intercession, please make a comment. Please join me in praying for all those Catholic women who want children and have not conceived.
Novena to St. Gianna
God, our Father, Thou hast granted to Thy Church the gift of St.
Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought Thee and drew
other young people to Thee, involving them in the care of the sick and
We thank Thee for the gift of this young woman so deeply committed
to Thee. Through her example, give us the grace to dedicate our
lives to Thy service, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.
Jesus, Redeemer of humanity, Thou called St. Gianna to become a
doctor, a role she lived as a mission to comfort bodies and souls. She
saw Thee in the sick, needy and weak.
We thank Thee because, through this servant, Thou revealed Thyself to
us as "One who serves" and alleviates the sufferings of all men and women.
As we treasure her example, may we become generous Christians at the
service of our brothers and sisters, especially those with whom Thou deign
to share Your Cross.
God, Sanctifying Spirit, Thou who love the Church as Thy bride,
Thou poured into the heart of St. Gianna a share of Thy love so that
she could give it to her family, cooperate with Thee in the wonderful
plan of creation, and give life to new children who could know and
We thank Thee for this model wife and for her encouraging example.
Grant us serene and Christian mothers who are committed to transforming
our families into cenacles of faith, love, generosity, and service.
O God, Creator and Lover of the human family, Thou remained
with St. Gianna when she painfully had to choose between her life and
the life of the child she had awaited for so long.
Trusting Thee alone and aware of Thy commandment to respect human
life, St. Gianna found the courage to do her duty as a mother and
to say "yes" to her baby's life, thus generously giving her own.
Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and after the example
of St. Gianna, inspire all mothers to welcome with love the seeds of a new life.
Help us respect the gift of human life.
Grant us the grace to find inspiration in St. Gianna, a model spouse and mother who, after the example of Christ, gave up her life for the life of others.
With ecclesiastical approval
Auxiliary Bishop of Milan