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Gianna was a happy person who felt loved and understood throughout her entire life. Her youth was filled with happy family memories and the religious atmosphere of her family shaped her personality with a remarkable inner strength. Her work did not impede her from engaging in her favorite sports, skiing and mountain climbing. She felt nowhere closer to God than at the summit of a large mountain covered with snow. She was a physician of cultured tastes — she enjoyed fashion, the symphony, and took in the opera at Milan's La Scala — and varied recreations. She painted, and played sports. Some of her Madonna’s and scenic works are still treasured by her loved ones. She enjoyed the theater, the opera, and concerts

Gianna lived her life with exuberant joy. Enjoying fine clothing, she was carefully to dress modestly. One of her friends remembers borrowing her beautiful ski jackets. Gianna’s opinion was that simple elegance is becoming of a Christian lady and she would have agreed with the old adage “a sad saint is a sorry saint”.

Stories of Gianna’s love and respect for the gift of life are plentiful. Gianna esteemed every life as a direct gift from the hands of God.

  • A man in Mesero one day confided in her his anguish at the birth of a handicapped child. Gianna understood his pain; calmed him down and had him take steps to save the life of the child.
  • An older workingwoman who was faced with an unexpected pregnancy and feared people’s comments confided her embarrassment to Gianna. Gianna assured her “Isn’t that a joy and pride? In this case we should not bother about what people have to say.”
  • Gianna was a sister to many expecting mothers, encouraging them to fulfill the creative plan of God. She didn’t leave them alone, with their doubts, anxieties, difficulties and temptations. She placed herself near them to welcome new life into the world.
  • Notes she wrote while at a conference sum up her thoughts on the sacredness of all life, even in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

“ The doctor should not meddle. The right of the child is equal to the right of the mother’s life. The doctor can’t decide; it is a sin to kill in the womb.”

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