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St Maria Goretti

"O God, author if innocence and lover of chastity, who bestowed the grace of martyrdom on your handmaid, the Virgin Saint Maria Goretti, in her youth, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that, …More
"O God, author if innocence and lover of chastity, who bestowed the grace of martyrdom on your handmaid, the Virgin Saint Maria Goretti, in her youth, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that, as you gave her a crown for her steadfastness, so we, too, may be firm in obeying your commandments. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of St Maria Goretti (6 July). On 6 July 1902, at the age of eleven years, eight months, and twenty days, St Maria Goretti died, a martyr to purity for our times. She was canonised in 1950, and her attacker who was imprisoned and repented and converted through her intercession, died in a Capuchin monastery. Stained glass window from the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

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