Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6: Saint Maria Goretti

St. Maria Goretti

History

Saint Maria Goretti was born in 1890 on a farm in Italy. She was always a very faithful Christian, even after her father died when she was only six. When she was twelve, a farmhand named Alessandro Serenelli attacked Maria. She fought back, telling him he was sinning. In a rage, he choked her and stabbed her. She was taken to a hospital, where she died two days later, but not before she forgave Alessandro and asked God to forgive him. While in prison for his crime, Alessandro saw a vision of Maria. He became a Christian and asked the Church to name her a saint.

Activity

Saint Maria Goretti was only a child when she stood up for what was right. Today, ask her to pray that you will be equally faithful and brave. “Saint Maria Goretti, from your place in heaven, pray that I may always be pure and holy. Pray that all young people may be heroes in our fight against evil. Amen."

Saint Maria Goretti, pray for us!

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