�Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance; through its crystal the world should see God.�
~Saint Gianna Molla
Kate Wicker posted this on her blog the other day and it’s been sitting in my heart ever since. It came to mind yesterday afternoon when I went to confession and again as I pondered today’s beautiful feast of Corpus Christi. I really wanted to go to the holy hour at our parish this afternoon but circumstances conspired against me. Especially Anthony wanting to nurse non-stop all afternoon.
Then I’ve been pondering this beautiful little video that Pat Gohn posted on her site:
It gives me chills. That moment when I see the priest reaching into his bag and pulling out the monstrance. The rapt look as he holds it up and adores. The expressions of the people who stop to wonder and worship. It’s beautiful.
That video in turn reminded me of this video that I first saw a few years ago:
Powerful. It fills my heart with yearning. Longing.
And both the videos bring me back to Saint Gianna. To be a monstrance, to carry Christ to the world. To show him in my every action and word. The words themselves are piercing; but when I combine them with the image of hat Franciscan priest holding the monstrance up as people drop to their knees on a busy city street…. How can I bring Christ to everyone I meet so that they truly feel they are in His presence? What a challenge! I suppose the first step is to be in His presence myself, to draw closer and closer to Him.
I wish I knew the source of the St Gianna quote. I’ve read two biographies of her (Saint Gianna Molla: Wife, Mother, Doctor and Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla: A Woman’s Life but would like to go deeper to know her better. She calls to me in my vocation as a mother but also in the way she lived her vocation as a physician, healing and ministering to all her patients. I’d love to read more of her actual writings and not just books about her. What does she say on prayer and on vocation? Any suggestions for additional reading?