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Holy valor in everyday life: Letters of love and marriage. Apr 22, 2005
The love letters of St. Gianna Beretta Molla and her husband, Pietro, are very engaging in their offering of mini geographic profiles of their environment--Ponte Nuovo and Courmayeur--as well the workings of a genuinely healthy and sincere Catholic-Christian oriented marriage. Just a brief insight on the type of woman and wife that Gianna hungered to be is cited by her own example in the Book of Porverbs 31:10-31--"I often meditate on the text [assoicated with] St. Anne: 'A strong woman, who will find her? The heart of a husband can trust in her. She will do only good things for him and never bring evil upon him throughout all of his life.' Pietro, I want to be that strong woman for you..." page 30. It is a simple yet stark example of what should be striven towards, a pinnacle for husbands and wives and those soon to be married; at the top of that pyramid for the Mollas was not materialism, self-aggrandizement or an arrogant brandishing of success--family, career or otherwise. Rather, at the peak was God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. By their own deep-rooted faith of living out joys, sorrows, fears and hopes, they worked very hard towards creating and realizing a family trinity, not always an easy thing to achieve and maintain but certainly something to labor towards. What Saint Gianna offered her husband was always quickly reciprocated, especially illustrated in a letter sent while he was in the United States on a business trip: "Before I go to sleep I will tell Jesus, our Heavenly Mother, and our guardian angels: 'Bless Gianna, and help me to always know how to make her happy. Bless the little one we are expecting with so much love and eagerness. Bless and protect Pierluigi and Mariolina (the children), protect them from every misfortune and sickness..." page 94. The Mollas had their crosses to carry, too: loneliness, self-doubt, etcetera, but Christ Jesus was the staple for all their actions, up to the pro-life martyrdom of Saint Gianna herself. What makes these intimate and beautiful letters such a pleasure to read is not any degree of Catholic-Christian mysticism, as say in the cases of the other saints. But it is in the truthfulness of their humanity, especially similar to war love letters. These short letters, lucidly written, boldly bring out to what is so common in the day-to-day human experience: paying bills, caring for the sick, family reunions, child delevopment, through the Grace of God trying to be the best man or woman that one can be. The most profound truth that these letters convey, irrelevant of one's economic position in life, is that the Holy Trinity lovingly stoops down to us and that surely, in the ordinary, the phenomenal lies.
Interesting--if protracted--snapshot of a holy relationship Dec 20, 2004
Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla once wrote:
"One should not enter into marriage without knowing how to love. To love means to desire your own and your beloved's perfection, to overcome your own selfishness. Love must be total, full, complete, regulated by the law of God, and must last for all eternity in heaven" (109).
This book contains dozens of letters exchanged between Gianna and her husband Pietro over the course of Gianna's lifetime (1922-1962), as the couple strives valiantly to work out this understanding of love & marriage in the chaos of daily life. Gianna's sacrificial spirit and eagerness to please shines through brightly, and she frequently comes up with thoughtful ways to integrate their shared catholic faith into the relationship. For example, even though Pietro was away on travel right before their wedding, they were united by celebrating a "mass tridium"--attending mass in their respective places each day for 3 days before the wedding--to prepare for the marriage.
That said, it should be noted that at 160 pages this is probably a lot longer than it really needed to be. The beautiful nuggets of faith and wisdom like the one mentioned above are buried deeply within the drudge and details of their daily life ("Pietro, did the gas coupons I sent you arrive yet?"). At first this was charming--because it was so real--but halfway through the book it became tedious.
Recommended only for readers who have a special interest in Blessed Gianna. If you are simply looking for ideas on how couples can have a holy relationship, then you might be better off with a book like 'Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar'.