Urgent Prayer Request

All of us over at Ignitum Today have been praying fervently for fellow bloggers Andrew and Christina Pocta who have been going through a very difficult time. A few months after their wedding in October, they joyfully found out they were going to be new parents.

Their joy has taken a curveball; their little girl Maria Isabella was diagnosed with Spina Bifida.

Since then, Christina and Maria Isabella have gone through surgery to correct the problem, but now is the time when healing must take place, and to pray that Christina can carry the baby to term. The doctors say this is the most critical time (even more than the surgery itself!). Andrew and Christina are in even more need of our prayers for their little girl.

Please join me in continuing to pray for the Pocta family. Let us pray through the intercession of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, who is quickly being referred to as the Patroness for the unborn, and whose sister Virginia is a Canossian Sister (my Institute):

God our Father we praise You and we bless you because in Saint Gianna Beretta Molla you have given us one who witnessed to the Gospel as a young women, as a wife, as a mother, and as a doctor. We thank you because through the gift of her life we can learn to welcome and honor every human person.

You, Lord Jesus, were for Gianna a splendid example. She learned to recognize you in the beauty of nature. As she was questioning her choice of vocation she went in search of you and the best way to serve you. Through her married love she became a sign of your love for the Church and for humanity.  Like you, the Good Samaritan, she cared for everyone who was sick, small or weak. Following your example, out of love she gave herself entirely, generating new life.

Holy Spirit, Source of every perfection, give us wisdom, intelligence, and courage so that, following the example of Saint Gianna and through her intercession, we may know how to place ourselves at the service of each person we meet in our personal, family and professional lives, and thus grow in love and holiness.


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Sibling Saints

One of my new readers asks: “Are there any Saints that are siblings?”

Yes, there are. A few come to mind straight away:

The Apostles Simon and his brother Jude;


The Apostles James and his brother John;

Update: The Apostles Simon Peter and Andrew


Saint Benedict and his twin sister, Saint Scholastica (left);

And then there are the blesseds:

Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, Visionaries of Fatima (right)


We also must consider that there most likely are sibling martyrs, but I could not find any specifically.

And what about in the future? This is a possibility.

In 2008, a cause for Friar Enrico Beretta (back row-fourth from left), Italian missionary who served in Brazil for thirty-three years, to review his sanctity. He was known as the ‘Padre Pio of Brazil’!  He is the brother of  Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (below, front row-first on left), an Italian woman who died in 1962, opted to risk her life to save her unborn child, was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2004.


These examples – and I’m certain there are many other unsung saintly heroes – encourage us to consider the role of the family in raising good Christian disciples of our Lord. May they intercede for us, in our prayers for our families, especially for our brothers and sisters.

If you know of others, could you please add them in the comments? Thanks! God Bless!


This post is linked at National Catholic Register

This post is linked at The Pulpit

Thanks, New Advent (5/17/11) for the link!