Thursday, July 06, 2006

St. Maria Goretti Patron of Modern Youth


St. Maria Goretti, a girl who was barely twelve was attacked and killed by her neighbor, Alesandro Serenelli in 1902. She suffered from her wounds for 20 hours during which she forgave her assailant. Shortly after Alesandro was imprisoned, Maria Goretti appeared to him in a dream giving him a lily. After waking up from the dream, he was a changed man and testified at her beatification. On June 24, 1950, Pope Pius XII canonized St. Maria Goretti as virgin saint and martyr. He proposed that she become the patron saint of modern youth.

We must pray to this beautiful saint and consider her our close friend in heaven. Let us ask her intercession for our purity in heart, mind and soul. St. Maria Goretti, help us to be pure for God as you were.

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. Amen.


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