Prayer 6th July – St Maria Goretti

Featured Saint: St Maria Goretti: (1890 – 1902)

St Maria was born the third of nine children into a poor peasant family at Corinaldo, Italy. When she was 6yrs, her family were so poor that they gave up their farm and went to work as farmhands and share a home with other families. At 9, St Maria’s father died from malaria. While living in Lazio, it transpired that another farmhand had been making regular sexual advances to St Maria which she spurned, acknowledging it as a “mortal sin”. One day while others were in the fields working, she again refused his advances but on this occasion, in his anger, he repeatedly stabbed her. Aware that her wounds were fatal she forgave her attacker before she died. She was only 11yrs old. The farmhand confessed his actions and, through time, became deeply remorseful. St Maria was canonised a Saint in her mother and her attackers presence in Rome by Pope Pius in 1947. She is Patron Saint of victims of rape and the youth.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

St Maria GorettiShort Story:  Jesus was forever inviting people to come to him. His language was welcoming and warm. On one occasion he said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest … I am gentle and humble in heart”. (Matthew 11:28-29)

Thoughts: Lord Jesus, I accept your invite and ask you to help me guide others towards your Most Sacred Heart.

Private Reflection: Lord Jesus, as I journey through today, help me to recognise those who are “weary and burdened”. May my actions guide them to your “humble heart”. Amen

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St Maria Goretti:   Pray for Us

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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