On the painting:
Painted with oil paint on a primed, heavyweight canvas, the painted part measures roughly 8×10, and the canvas overall at roughly 10×12. Comes with the simple wood frame shown in the photos which hangs on your wall with string threaded through the top bar. Frame is attached with magnets and provides that finishing touch besides making it possible to hang!
Can you get this painting stretched on canvas bars and traditionally framed? Probably – let me know if you do, I would love to see pictures! I do not finish them this way because the rough edge is by design and provides its own charm and character.
On the reference: Painted from a photo of the saint as she sits on a mountain with her husband, copyright for this particular rendition remains with me, Monica Skrzypczak. Do not copy without permission, post as you would desire on social media, but be sure to tag @outpouringoftrust.
No prints will be made of any Saint paintings.
On the Saint:
St. Gianna was a pediatrician, with degrees in medicine and surgery, and she opened her own practice. She met her husband, an engineer, and with him had three children.
In her fourth pregnancy, the doctors discovered that growing in her uterus with her child was a tumor.
They gave her three options; abortion, a hysterectomy (which would have removed her whole uterus, thus killing the child), or a surgery to remove as much of the tumor as they could without harming the child. This third option would not guarantee her survival; the tumor could grow back and waiting for the pregnancy to be over could make it too late for other procedures to work.
The Church forbids abortion, but if a child dies in the womb as an unintended consequence of a surgery that would save the life of a mother, it is morally permissible. In this case, Gianna could have chosen the hysterectomy, a surgery that is a normal procedure to remove a tumor like Gianna’s.
However, Gianna chose to not think of herself. The third option would preserve her child’s life, and may or may not have been enough to save her life as well. It would be enough for her to make it full term, and she could undergo other treatments after.
Her motto for the rest of the pregnancy was “Whatever God wants”. She knew that the third option was the most dangerous for her, but she knew God is supreme, and could preserve her life with treatments after or take it, and she was not concerned.
She told the doctors and her family “If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child? I insist on it. Save the baby.”
Gianna delivered the baby, Gianna Emanuela, via Cesarean section, and was rushed off to treatment. They did all they could, but a week later Gianna died of septic peritonitis.
Gianna didn’t just reject abortion, she didn’t sacrifice her life for her child like we would say if a mother threw herself in the way of an oncoming bullet. She simply thought of herself last, commending her very life to God, and put her children first. That’s the action of a Saint.