St. Maria Goretti
Maria Goretti had led a very ordinary life. But in spite of her simplicity, her great faith and love for God made her truly extraordinary. Many recorded miracles, both spiritual and physical, have been worked through St. Maria Goretti's intercession. Worldwide, there are many places of devotion to St. Maria Goretti, such as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces and St. Maria Goretti in Nettuno, Italy, pictured here.
10 Facts about St. Maria Goretti
1. Maria Goretti was born on October 16, 1890. She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write.
2. When she made her First Communion not long before her death at age 12, she was one of the larger and somewhat backward members of the class.
3. Lured by the passions of his day and nurturing the dark side of his soul with impious reading and thoughts, Alessandro Serenelli had been a thorn in lovely Maria's side. He propositioned her on several occasions and harassed her with impure suggestions.
4. On July 5, 1902, he would be denied no longer. As she once again rebuffed his sexual advance, shouting, "No! It is a sin! God does not want it!", Alexander lunged to the deed, stabbing Maria 14 times.
5. After 20 painful hours of suffering during which she forgave and prayed for Alessandro, Maria entered Heaven fortified with the Last Sacraments.
6. Her last earthly gaze rested upon a picture of the Blessed Mother, on July 6, 1902.
7. Almost fifty years later on June 24, 1950, Pope Pius XII stood on the steps of St. Peter's in Rome and pronounced Maria Goretti a Saint and Martyr of the Universal Church.
8. She is the Patron Saint of Modern Youth.
9. St. Maria Goretti's Feast Day is July 6th.
10. Her mother, and her murderer, attended the canonization ceremony together.
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