It's the feast of St. Maria Goretti today! Also coming up this week on July 11 is the feast of St. Benedict! These two amazing role models are known and loved for their deep faith in the Lord, even under immense violence or loss.
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St. Maria Goretti,
St. Maria Goretti is the youngest canonized saint in the Catholic Church! After her father's death, Maria helped run her family's home and take care of her siblings while her mother farmed. When her neighbor, Alessandro, forced himself on her in an attempt to rape her, St. Maria resisted, pleading with her attacker. On her death bed, St. Maria forgave her attacker and was more concerned for the state of his soul than her own health. This act of forgiveness had an impact on Alessandro and St. Maria continued to intercede and appear to him after death. He later repented in prison, attended her canonization, and became a friar. St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of teenagers, girls, Catholic youth, & victims of crime.
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A man with a simple life philosophy, St. Benedict had a deep relationship with Christ - even through the many challenges that he faced. After being faced with temptation, Benedict retreated to the solitude of a cave for 3 years where he was tempted by the devil. Later, Benedict founded religious communities centered around his life's motto -Ora et Labora (Pray & Work).
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