In Garments All Red: The Life Story of St. Maria Goretti

by Godfrey Poage, C.P. | Biographies & Memoirs |
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Journal Entry 1 by NHbrewers from Hooksett, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, July 12, 2009
St. Maria Goretti

Born: October 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy
Died: July 6, 1902
Canonized: June 24, 1950 by Pope Pius XII
Feast Day: July 6
Patron Saint of: Youth, Young Women, Purity, & Victims of Rape

St. Maria Gorettie shows us there is no age requirements for holiness.

The beautiful, true story of the 12-year-old girl who in 1902 died a martyr to preserve her purity.

At the tender age of 12 this pious and hardworking young girl was attacked by a 19 year old man who wished to rape her. She fought him off, telling him this was a sin and he could go to hell. He began to stab her, and would stab her 14 times. She would survive for 2 days in the hospital and died after having forgiven him and asking God to forgive him. Holding a Crucifix and a medal of Our Lady, the holy young girl gave her soul to God.

The man was convicted of this terrible crime and spent years in prison. For many years unrepentant, he later saw a vision of Maria that led to his conversion. He would be there in person when she was canonized in Rome in 1950. The girl's mother was also there and following Maria's example, she also forgave her killer.

Maria was not quite 12 when she died to preserve her purity.

Th book describes her virtuous life, poverty, holiness, valiant resistance, heroic and lingering death, conversion of her murderer and canonization in 1950 with her mother, her murderer and over 500,000 present. This is the famous, popular, classic biography!

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