Thursday, July 06, 2006St. Maria Goretti
St. Maria Goretti, patron of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape,
is a special Saint among young ladies, especially these days amidst our culture which is such a sexual battlefield for our young girls.
She was born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890. Her feast day is July 6.
I think that we all know her story... but if you don't, please click HERE.
Here is a prayer to her, found on the Maria Goretti site:
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 romptitude 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.