Amy Smith is the Register’s associate editor who edits features for the “Culture of Life” section. Fueled by prayer and coffee, she enjoys writing about everything from Jane Austen to saints for the Register. She is the author of The Plans God Has for You: Hopeful Lessons for Young Women (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2020). Her writing has also appeared in various other Catholic publications. She has a master’s degree in journalism and a B.A. in English. Find her online at Instagram.com/hopefulwordsmith/ and Twitter.com/hope_wordsmith.
As I have written about before, St. Gianna is one of my favorite saints.
For her feast day today, I offer five of my favorite quotes of hers (although a more comprehensive list of quotes can be found here:)
“As to the past, let us entrust it to God’s mercy, the future to divine Providence. Our task is to live holy the present moment.”
“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that he, in his goodness, sends to us day after day.”
“We must be living witnesses of the beauty and grandeur of Christianity.”
“Whatever God wants.”
“Love is the most beautiful sentiment the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.”
By living the truth of these statements, the pro-life pediatrician, wife and mother fulfilled Jesus’ command in the readings for today: “Remain in my love.” She indeed found complete joy, too. May we do so as well, by following her example — today and always.
St. Gianna, pray for us!