July 6, 2024, Feast of St. Maria Goretti, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary,

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Maria Goretti (1890-1902), Virgin and Martyr.

She was the daughter of a poor peasant family in Italy, well known to her neighbors for her cheerfulness and piety. In 1902, when she was twelve, she was a victim of assault: she was stabbed to death, preferring to die rather than be raped and lose her virginity.

She surrendered herself to God with splendid courage, achieving Christian moral perfection.

Her mother was present at her canonization in 1950, the first time a parent was present for their child’s canonization.

In the life of Maria Goretti, we can see the worth of heaven. Parents can learn from Maria Goretti how to raise their God-given children in virtue, courage, and holiness.

This young saint’s feast day can be a launching point for teaching our children about purity, chastity, and modesty. Sex education should be taught by the parents with a Catholic approach. Young girls can use St. Maria as a model.

When our children are tested, God’s grace will support them.

And a final note: Not all of us are expected to die a martyr’s death, but we are all called to the pursuit of Christian virtue.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!
St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York