Monday, July 27, 2009

DVD Review: 'Love is a Choice: The Life of St. Gianna Molla'

I often hear mothers share about about how difficult it is to instill a deep faith in the hearts of their children 'in this day and age' and hope that St. Gianna Molla can be a new measuring stick for all of us. Some of us work outside of the home, some of us stay home to care for kids and home. Consider St. Gianna Molla (1922-1962), a loving wife and mother, snow skier, gifted pianist and physician.

The DVD, Love is a Choice: The Life of St. Gianna Molla, available online from The Catholic Company , is a 52 minute love story. Much of her story is shared by her husband through their love letters, family pictures, home movies and by interviews with her family and friends. I had first seen the film on EWTN and was touched by the great faith this woman had, running so deeply within her soul that she willingly sacrificed much because of her great love for God and family. I do not like 'spoilers' myself, but I will tell you that while expecting a baby, Gianna discovered that she had a deadly form of cancer. Let the DVD fill in the rest of the story. The message of this film will inspire you and your family as it has a moving message for all who view it - believers and unbelievers alike.

Included in the DVD is the Canonization Ceremony in Rome with the late John Paul II meeting her family, and special commentary by the film Producer, Fr. Thomas Rosica. I highly recommend this DVD for RCIA programs, which would be very useful when explaining both the Communion of Saints and Sanctity of Life. Teens would also benefit from watching the DVD in youth groups or religious education class.

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