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
St. Felix II
St Felix II, the pope is an ancestor of the future Pope St. Gregory the Great who lived from 540 to 604.
Blessed Charles the Good
Count Charles of Flanders, was called "the good" by the people of his kingdom. They named him for what they found him to truly be.
Blessed Katharine Drexel
Blessed Katharine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1858. Katharine's mother died when she was a baby.
St. Casimir was born in 1458, son of Casimir IV, king of Poland. Casimir was one of thirteen children.
St. John Joseph of the Cross
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born in southern Italy on the feast of the Assumption, 1654. He was a young noble, but he dressed like a poor man.
St. Nicolette was named in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra. She was born in 1380. Her loving parents nicknamed her Colette from the time she was a baby.
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity lived in Carthage, North Africa, in the third century. It was the time of the fierce persecution of Christians by Emperor Septimus Severus.
St. John of God
St. John was born in Portugal on March 8, 1495. His parents were poor, but deeply Christian. John was a restless boy.
St. Frances of Rome
St. Frances was born in 1384. Her parents were wealthy, but they taught Frances to be concerned about people and to live a good Christian life.
St. Simplicius became pope in 468. Sometimes it seemed to him that he was all alone in trying to correct evils that were everywhere.
St. Eulogius of Spain
St. Eulogius lived in the ninth century. His family was well-known and he received an excellent education. While he learned his lessons, he also learned from the good example of his teachers.
St. Fina (Seraphina)
St. Fina was born in a little Italian town called San Geminiano. Her parents had once been well off, but misfortune had left them poor.
St. Euphrasia was born in the fifth century to deeply Christian parents. Her father, a relative of the emperor, died when she was a year old.
St. Matilda was born about 895, the daughter of a German count. When she was still quite young, her parents arranged her marriage to a nobleman named Henry.
St. Zachary was a Benedictine monk from Greece who lived in the eighth century. He became a cardinal and then pope.
Blessed Torello was born in 1202, in Poppi, Italy. His life as a child in the village was ordinary and uneventful. But after his father's death.
St. Patrick was believed born in fifth-century Britain to Roman parents. When he was sixteen, he was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Cyril was born around 315 when a new phase was beginning for Christians. Before that date, the Church was persecuted by the emperors.
St. Joseph is a great saint. He was Jesus' foster-father and Mary's husband.
St. Cuthbert lived in England in the seventh century. He was a poor shepherd boy who loved to play games with his friends.
St. Serapion lived in Egypt in the fourth century. Those were exciting times for the Church and for St. Serapion.
St. Deogratias was ordained bishop of the City of Carthage when it was taken over by barbarian armies in 439.
St. Turibius of Mongrovejo
St. Turibius was born in 1538 in Leon, Spain. He became a university professor and then a famous judge.
Blessed Didacus Joseph was born on March 29, 1743, in Cadiz, Spain. He was baptized Joseph Francis.
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
The time arrived for Jesus to come down from heaven. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth where Mary lived.
St. Ludger was born in northern Europe in the eighth century. After he had studied hard for many years, he was ordained a priest.
St. John of Egypt
St. John was man who desired to be alone with God was to become one of the most famous hermits of his time.
St. Tutilo lived in the late ninth and early tenth centuries. He was educated at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Gall.
St. Jonas and St. Barachisius
King Sapor of Persia reigned in the fourth century. He hated Christians and persecuted them cruelly. He destroyed their churches and monasteries.
St. John Climacus
St. John was believed born in Palestine in the seventh century. He seems to have been a disciple of St. Gregory Nazianzen.
Blessed Joan of Toulouse
In 1240, some Carmelite brothers from Palestine started a monastery in Toulouse, France.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
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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?