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Saint Maria Goretti

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Maria Goretti was born on October 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, Italy
to Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini.
The Gorettis were a poor family who worked as sharecroppers
in the Pontine marshes.

Along with their six children,
they lived with Luigi’s partner Signor Serenelli
and his teen aged son Allesandro, whose mother had died.

 

Lured by the passions of his day and nurturing
the dark side of his soul with impious reading and thoughts,
Alessandro Serenelli had been a thorn in lovely Maria's side.
He propositioned her on several occasions and harassed her
with impure suggestions.

On  one fateful afternoon of July 6th,1902
Maria sat on the stairs of her house, dutifully mending a shirt.
She was not quite 12 years old.
Alessandro's cart stopped outside.
He ran up the stairs. He seized her and pulled her into a bedroom.

She struggled and tried to call for help.
"No, God does not wish it," she cried out.
"It is a sin. You would go to hell for it.

When Maria said that she would rather died than submit,
Alessandro began striking at her blindly with a long dagger.

As she lay in the hospital, dying of her wounds,
she devoutly received Holy Viaticum, her last Holy Communion.
She expressed concern for her dear mother, and,
after suffering for nearly twenty four hours,
she forgave Alexander before she died.

Her last earthly gaze rested upon a picture of the Blessed Mother.


Her death didn't end her forgiveness, however.

Alexander was captured and sentenced to thirty years in prison.
He was unrepentant until he had a dream that he was in a garden.

Maria was there and gave him flowers.

 

When he woke, he was a changed man, repenting of his crime
and living a reformed life.

After serving his sentence, Alessandro took up residence
at a Capuchin monastery, working in the garden as a tertiary.
He asked pardon of Maria's mother and accompanied her
to Christmas Mass in the parish church
where he spoke before the hushed congregation,
acknowledging his sin and asking God's forgiveness
and the pardon of the community.

 

"If my daughter can forgive him,
who am I to withold forgiveness," she said.

Through  Maria's intercession, her murderer converted
and became a penitent Franciscan brother.

Devotion to the young martyr grew, miracles were worked,
and in less than half a century she was canonized.
At her beatification in 1947, her mother (then 82),
two sisters and a brother appeared with Pope Pius XII
on the balcony of St. Peter’s.

Three years later, at her canonization, a 66-year-old
Alessandro Serenelli knelt among the quarter-million people
and cried tears of joy.

 

The bones of Saint Maria Goretti  are held within a chest placed in the wax replica of her body - displayed within a glass reliquary in the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Nettuno, Italy.

Maria Goretti died a martyr before her twelfth birthday.
Young as she was, she made a choice,
a choice based on her faith.
The Church holds up to the world
the life, death and the faith of Maria Goretti.

 

Oh Saint Maria Goretti who, strengthened by God's grace,
did not hesitate even at the age of twelve
to shed your blood and sacrifice life itself
to defend your virginal purity,
look graciously on the unhappy human race
which has strayed far from the path of eternal salvation.
Teach us all, and especially youth,
with what courage and promptitude
we should flee for the love of Jesus
anything that could offend Him
or stain our souls with sin.
Obtain for us from our Lord victory in temptation,
comfort in the sorrows of life,
and the grace which we earnestly beg of thee
(here insert intention),
and may we one day enjoy with thee
the imperishable glory of Heaven.
Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc...
St. Maria Goretti, pray for us!

 

TO SAFEGUARD YOUR PURITY


With the grace of God, the virtue of purity is obtained
by vigilance and the formation of good habits. 
To safeguard our purity is part and parcel of learning self-control.  All means that can strengthen the will are to be encouraged, whether natural or supernatural, e.g. avoiding bad company, praying.  Anything that weakens the will is to be avoided.  Countless souls down the ages have preserved and protected
THIS NOBLE VIRTUE by the following means:

1. Receive Holy Communion often with great devotion and reverence.

2. Go to Confession regularly, at least once a month but if possible every two weeks or even weekly.

3. Have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, Mary Immaculate.  Say your three Hail Mary's morning and night.  In temptation, call earnestly on Our Divine Lord, Our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph.  Imitate Our Lady's modesty in dress, speech and behaviour.

4. Avoid people whose conduct offends purity and whose conversation is impure (off-colour stories, double-meaning jokes, etc.).  Avoid suggestive comics, magazines, books and especially avoid bad television, films and videos.

5. Much modern pop music is designed to demoralise by rousing the passions through its beat and suggestive words.  Avoid this along with all improper dancing.

6. Always remember that intemperate use of alcohol, and of course drugs, is certainly a near occasion of sins of impurity.

7. Develop various interests for your spare time, such as ... good reading, art, painting, learn a musical instrument, a useful hobby, gardening, etc.

8. Pray to the Patrons of Purity - Saint Joseph, Saint Dominic Savio, Saint Maria Goretti, your Guardian Angel and others.

 

Jesus, Lover of chastity, Mary, Mother most pure,
and Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin,
to you I come at this hour, begging you to plead with God for me. I earnestly wish to be pure in thought, word and deed
in imitation of your own holy purity.

Obtain for me, then, a deep sense of modesty
which will be reflected in my external conduct.
Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul,
from anything that might dim the luster of a heart
that must mirror only Christlike purity.

And when the "Bread of Angels becomes the Bread of me"
in my heart at Holy Communion, seal it forever against the suggestions of sinful pleasures.

Heart of Jesus, Fount of all purity, have mercy on us!