Prayer to St. 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.
Prayer for youth through St. Maria Goretti:
St. Maria Goretti, pray in heaven that I may love purity as much
as you did. I wish to keep my soul good and holy as when it came
from the waters of Baptism and after my First Holy Communion. Thank
you for showing young people that purity of soul is even more precious
than a long life here on earth.
St. Maria Goretti, from your place in heaven, pray that I may be
always pure and holy. Pray that all young people may be heroes in
our fight against the evil spirit of wickedness. Amen
Maria Goretti: Model of Purity, Patron of Youth
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
Her feast day is July 6. Born 16 October 1890 at Corinaldo, Ancona,
July 1902, Maria, though illiterate, had completed her Catechism
instructions in order to receive her First Holy Communion.
How she had longed to take Jesus into her heart often! Once a week
on Sunday just did not seem like enough. Maria managed the rigors
of life because she had her Jesus for strength. This serious little
girl had matured spiritually beyond her years, too. Her night prayers
become longer. She examined her conscience repeatedly for occasions
of sin, her small body trembled with fear and bitter sobs.
In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand
Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled
that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke
her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived
in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God's forgiveness
of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. Before
she died, the parish priest came in to offer her Viaticum, but first
she took time to reflect on the good Father's reminder that Jesus
had pardoned those who had crucified Him. As she gazed at the crucifix
on the far wall, she said without anger or resentment, "I,
too, pardon him. I, too, wish that he could come some day and join
me in heaven." This act was counted as a martyr.
While in prison for his crime, Allessandro had a vision of Maria.
He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies.
She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful
of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still
white flame. Maria then disappeared. This vision of Maria led to
Alessandro's conversion, and he later testified at her cause for
On June 24, 1950, Pope Pius XII canonized Saint Maria Goretti as
a virgin and martyr saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Maria's
mother was present at the ceremony - the first mother ever to attend
the canonization ceremony of her child. Alessandro Serenelli was
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OF THE SAINTS
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria.
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.
ST. MARIA GORETTI
St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY
These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I.
BLESSED EUGENE III
Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.
St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.
St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.
ST. JOHN GAULBERT
St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh, was murdered.
ST. HENRY II.
St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him.
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk chief.
St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg.
ST. LEO IV.
St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts.
St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.
St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.
St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.
St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord.
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.
St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the passion of Jesus.
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB
St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.
ST. JAMES THE GREATER
St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE
St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.
St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS
St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.
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Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?