Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Polish Volleyball Star Gives Her Life For Her Unborn Child

I found the following story through Cathlete.com and thought it was something I wanted to post. It is very inspiring!

TANROW, June 13, 2008 (CWNews.com/LifeSiteNews.com) - A Polish volleyball star who was buried on June 9 is being compared by local Catholics to Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla because of her heroic sacrifice for her unborn child.

Agata Mroz, who was originally known for her athletic prowess, was buried in her hometown of Tarnow. Mroz was pregnant with her first child when doctors discovered she had a fatal case of leukemia. After consulting with her husband, Mroz delayed a bone-marrow transplant until after she gave birth to her daughter Liliana on April 4, 2008.

Polish fans dubbed the national team which Mróz led the "Golden Girls," due to their looks and their successes in international competitions. The national team won the European women's volleyball championship in 2003 and 2005.

Auxiliary Bishop Marian Florczyk of Kielce, Poland has said that Mroz's testimony is an example of "love of life, motherhood, the desire to give life, the heroic love of an unborn child." On June 4, a few hours after Mroz's death, Polish President Lech Kaczynski announced that she will be posthumously awarded the Polonia Restituta, one of Poland's highest awards for extraordinary and distinguished service.


GoodForm said...

Wow, what a heroic woman and a powerful example of the value of every human life even unborn human life.

On the negative side I bet the media twists this into something like, "Catholic teaching costs woman her life."

But we know that she is a hero, and she gave her life for her child.

Padre Steve said...

She was something of a national hero in Poland for her athletic achievements before this happened so I am sure it made big news there. It never surprises me when the media gets it wrong, but good point!

Hidden One said...

What a martyrdom.

Credo said...

I will continue to pray for the repose of her soul and may her family be consoled in this time of loss.