The story behind the St. Gianna Beretta Molla painting at the Guadalupe Shrine

God always has a plan, and although we may not know it or see it at the time, we can look back and understand that what felt like a tough circumstance was really God at work in our lives. Such was the case in the early 2000s. At that time, there were several young couples having difficulties with pregnancy and they were brought together through a new saint, Gianna Beretta Molla.

This all happened about the same time the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was being built, and the story unfolds in the shrine’s painting of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who is surrounded by children known as Gianna babies.

The artist, Neilson Carlin, was painting St. Gianna Beretta Molla when, midway through, it was suggested that she be surrounded by Gianna babies, or children whose births were attributed to her intercession. Above her is Our Lady, Patroness of the Unborn, who is surrounded by unborn children offering roses.

What people don’t often realize is that the children in the painting are real Gianna babies who live in or near La Crosse.
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Also, the Guadalupe Shrine does have St. Gianna Molla's actual gloves available for veneration.  I've heard some pilgrims will come and put them on and pray for assistance with conception/pregnancy.

Oops, Sister reminded me, tomorrow April 28th the Shrine is hosting a Relic Veneration for Saint Gianna Beretta Molla. Details

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