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Saint Life: Maria Goretti and Her Assailant Alessandro Serenelli

The story of St. Maria Goretti and Alessandro Serenelli is in a way, the story of two fathers. One who neglected his duties toward his children and the other who did not, even after death. When …More
The story of St. Maria Goretti and Alessandro Serenelli is in a way, the story of two fathers. One who neglected his duties toward his children and the other who did not, even after death. When Alessandro approached Maria in an evil way for the first time, she prayed out loud, “Babbo. Babbo watching me from heaven, save Alessandro from sin.” Maria’s beloved father, whom she called Babbo, had passed away from malaria when Maria was nine. He was quite saintly and died in the odor of sanctity. All during her death agony Maria called not only upon the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary but also her own saintly father—Babbo. She had a connection while on earth to heaven through him… and it helped her immensely to survive her time of great distress. Alessandro’s father was careless and did not take up his role in raising his son properly. The story of these two--Maria the martyr and Alessandro the murderer--might be framed in the actions of their perspective fathers.
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