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. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
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?