Blessed Feast of St. Maria Goretti! Maria Teresa Goretti was born on October 16…

Blessed Feast of St. Maria Goretti!

Maria Teresa Goretti was born on October 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, eastern Italy. She was the third of seven children to Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. The Goretti family had a farm when Maria was young but, by the time she was six, they could no longer afford it. They sold the farm, moved, and worked as servants for Giovanni Serenelli and his son Alessandro.

Maria’s father, Luigi, contracted malaria and died when she was nine years old. On July 5, 1902, Alessandro approached Maria, with a knife, while she was alone. He intended to rape Maria but she refused and told Alessandro that it was a grave sin and that he would go to Hell for it. Maria said she would rather than die than sin, she screamed but was strangled and stabbed eleven times. Maria tried to flee but Alessandro stopped her and stabbed her three more times before running away.

Maria survived and was taken to a hospital. The next day, she forgave Alessandro, prayed for his conversion and died from her injuries. Alessandro was arrested and sentenced to thirty years in prison. He showed no remorse for three years until he was visited by a bishop. Alessandro soon reported dreams about Maria where she gave him lilies but they burned when he touched them.

Alessandro was eventually released from jail; he visited Maria’s mother and begged forgiveness, which she granted, and the two attended Mass together the next day. Alessandro prayed for Maria’s intercession everyday and became a Capuchin lay brother.

Pope Pius XII called Goretti the “Saint Agnes of the 20th century” and canonized her on June 24, 1950. Alessandro and Maria’s surviving family attended the canonization; it was the first time that a mother attended her child’s canonization. (Source: “Maria Goretti – Saint Under Siege”)

St. Maria Goretti, pray for us!

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Blessed Feast of St. Maria Goretti!

Maria Teresa Goretti was born on October 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, eastern Italy. She was the third of seven children to Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. The Goretti family had a farm when Maria was young but, by the time she was six, they could no longer afford it. They sold the farm, moved, and worked as servants for Giovanni Serenelli and his son Alessandro.

Maria’s father, Luigi, contracted malaria and died when she was nine years old. On July 5, 1902, Alessandro approached Maria, with a knife, while she was alone. He intended to rape Maria but she refused and told Alessandro that it was a grave sin and that he would go to Hell for it. Maria said she would rather than die than sin, she screamed but was strangled and stabbed eleven times. Maria tried to flee but Alessandro stopped her and stabbed her three more times before running away.

Maria survived and was taken to a hospital. The next day, she forgave Alessandro, prayed for his conversion and died from her injuries. Alessandro was arrested and sentenced to thirty years in prison. He showed no remorse for three years until he was visited by a bishop. Alessandro soon reported dreams about Maria where she gave him lilies but they burned when he touched them.

Alessandro was eventually released from jail; he visited Maria’s mother and begged forgiveness, which she granted, and the two attended Mass together the next day. Alessandro prayed for Maria’s intercession everyday and became a Capuchin lay brother.

Pope Pius XII called Goretti the “Saint Agnes of the 20th century” and canonized her on June 24, 1950. Alessandro and Maria’s surviving family attended the canonization; it was the first time that a mother attended her child’s canonization. (Source: “Maria Goretti – Saint Under Siege”)

St. Maria Goretti, pray for us!

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