Tuesday, April 20, 2010
"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)
When it comes to relationships, we've all made mistakes. I don't dwell on the past. It's not healthy to look back and say I wish I'd done this or that.
St. Maria Goretti was stabbed to death and forgave her attacker on her death bed. She was born on Oct. 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, Italy. When she was 11-years-old, the son of her father's partner tried to rape her. St. Maria Goretti, a devote Roman Catholic, told 20-year-old, Alessandro Serenelli, it was a sin. He ended up killing her. She died on July 6, 1902.
She was canonized in 1950, with her mother and siblings present. Alessandro served time in prison and became a Capuchin laybrother. St. Maria Goretti's feast day is July 6. She is the patron saint of forgiveness and youth.