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11-01-08 Yesterday Maria came to me. I did not know her until that moment. I'm not Catholic so I do not know why. I can only imagine that it is because I can see into the spirit world. This piece is a real first class relic hard to find. She is the Saint of Children and the poor. This is a real bone relic. I just now looked her up and it seems that her day of memorial is July 6th the day she appeared to me. She asked me what I needed and told me what she could do. I decided to pass this on to someone would use it best. I just kind of knew it was not for me to keep but more for me to pass on. You may call on her at anytime. She will be there for you.

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Saint Maria Goretti

[Saint Maria Goretti]

* 6 July
* formerly 5 July


Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. In 1896 the family moved to Ferriere di Conca. Soon after, Mariaâ??s father died of malaria, and the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive.

In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked Godâ??s forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. Counted as a martyr.

While in prison for his crime, Allessandro had a vision of Maria. He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies. She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still white flame. Maria then disappeared. This vision of Maria led to Alessandroâ??s conversion, and he later testified at her cause for beatification.


* 16 October 1890 at Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy


* choked and stabbed to death during a rape attempt on 6 July 1902 at the age of 12


* 25 March 1945 by Pope Pius XII (decree of martyrdom)


* 27 April 1947 by Pope Pius XII


* 24 June 1950 by Pope Pius XII
* the ceremony was attended by 250,000 including her mother, the only time a parent has witnessed her childâ??s canonization


* against poverty
* against the death of parents
* children
* Children of Mary
* girls
* martyrs
* poor people
* rape victims
* young people in general


* Prayer I toâ?¦
* Prayer II toâ?¦


* Gallery of images of Saint Maria


* Commercial Links related to Saint Maria Goretti

Additional Information

* Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
* For All The Saints, by Katherine Rabenstein
* Friends of Saint Maria Goretti
* Google Directory
* Kirken i Norge
* Letter of Saint Joseph Abbey, by Dom Antoine Marie, OSB
* Lives of the Saints, by Dave Kopel
* Our Sunday Visitorâ??s Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
* Saint to Emulate, by Margaret M Breiling
* SaintCast - audio
* Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society
* Wikipedia


It is well known how this young girl had to face a bitter struggle with no way to defend herself. Without warning a vicious stranger burst upon her, bent on raping her and destroying her childlike purity. In that moment of crisis she could have spoken to her Redeemer in the words of that classic, The Imitation of Christ: â??Though tested and plagued by a host of misfortunes, I have no fear so long as your grace is with me. It is my strength, stronger than any adversary; it helps me and give me guidance.â?? With splendid courage she surrendered herself to God and his grace and so gave her life to protect her virginity. The life of a simple girl - I shall concern myself only with highlights - we can see as worthy of heaven. Even today people can look upon it with admiration and respect. Parents can learn from her story how to raise their God-given children in virtue, courage, and holiness; they can learn to train them in the Catholic faith so that, when put to the test, Godâ??s grace will support them and they will come through undefeated, unscathed, and untarnished. From Mariaâ??s story carefree children and young people with their zest for life can learn not to be led astray by attractive pleasures which are not only ephemeral and empty but also sinful. Instead they can fix their sights on achieving Christian moral perfection, however difficult that course may prove. With determination and Godâ??s help all of us can attain that goal by persistent effort and prayer. Not all of us are expected to die a martyrâ??s death, but we are all called to the pursuit of Christian virtue. So let us all, with Godâ??s grace, strive to reach the goal that the example of the virgin martyr, Saint Maria Goretti, sets before us. Through her prayers to the Redeemer may all of us, each in his own way, joyfully try to follow the inspiring example of Maria Goretti who now enjoys eternal happiness in heaven. - from a homily by Venerable Pope Pius XII at the canonization of Saint Maria Goretti

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