goandannouce:

A Saint a day: July 6
St. Maria Goretti
 
Serenelli’s imprisonment and repentance
Alessandro Serenelli was captured shortly after Maria’s death. Originally, he was going to be sentenced to life, but since he was a minor at that time the sentence was commuted to 30 years in prison. It has also been suggested that it was due to her mother’s plea for mercy that he was not sentenced to death. He remained unrepentant and uncommunicative from the world for three years, until a local bishop, Monsignor Giovanni Blandini, visited him in jail. Serenelli wrote a thank you note to the Bishop asking for his prayers and telling him about a dream, “in which Maria Goretti gave him lilies, which burned immediately in his hands.”
After his release, Alessandro Serenelli visited Maria’s still-living mother, Assunta, and begged her forgiveness. She forgave him, saying that if Maria had forgiven him on her deathbed then she could not do less, and they attended Mass together the next day, receiving Holy Communion side by side. Alessandro reportedly prayed every day to Maria Goretti and referred to her as “my little saint.” He attended her canonization in 1950.
 Serenelli later became a lay brother of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, living in a monastery and working as its receptionist and gardener until dying peacefully in 1970.
from Wikipedia
 

goandannouce:

A Saint a day: July 6

St. Maria Goretti

 

Serenelli’s imprisonment and repentance

Alessandro Serenelli was captured shortly after Maria’s death. Originally, he was going to be sentenced to life, but since he was a minor at that time the sentence was commuted to 30 years in prison. It has also been suggested that it was due to her mother’s plea for mercy that he was not sentenced to death. He remained unrepentant and uncommunicative from the world for three years, until a local bishop, Monsignor Giovanni Blandini, visited him in jail. Serenelli wrote a thank you note to the Bishop asking for his prayers and telling him about a dream, “in which Maria Goretti gave him lilies, which burned immediately in his hands.”

After his release, Alessandro Serenelli visited Maria’s still-living mother, Assunta, and begged her forgiveness. She forgave him, saying that if Maria had forgiven him on her deathbed then she could not do less, and they attended Mass together the next day, receiving Holy Communion side by side. Alessandro reportedly prayed every day to Maria Goretti and referred to her as “my little saint.” He attended her canonization in 1950.

 Serenelli later became a lay brother of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, living in a monastery and working as its receptionist and gardener until dying peacefully in 1970.

from Wikipedia

 

chastitymodesty:

Saint Maria Goretti - (1890-1902)

In 1902, an 18-year-old neighbor tried to rape Maria. She told him that she would rather die than give up her purity. She died as a result, and forgave her attacker while on her deathbed. Later, she appeared to him in prison, causing him to undergo a powerful conversion. She is a model of forgiveness and purity, and is the patron saint of youth and rape victims. (x)

chastitymodesty:

Saint Maria Goretti - (1890-1902)

In 1902, an 18-year-old neighbor tried to rape Maria. She told him that she would rather die than give up her purity. She died as a result, and forgave her attacker while on her deathbed. Later, she appeared to him in prison, causing him to undergo a powerful conversion. She is a model of forgiveness and purity, and is the patron saint of youth and rape victims. (x)

steelhibiscus:

Day 16 - A Picture of Someone Who Inspires You
St. Maria Goretti was 12 years old when a man, after attempting to rape her, stabbed her fatally multiple times.  Amazingly, as she was dying in her hospital bed, she found the strength to forgive the man who had done this to her.  He was present at her canonization 30 years later.  Knowing that she could forgive him for murdering her gives me the strength to forgive others for their much lesser offenses.

steelhibiscus:

Day 16 - A Picture of Someone Who Inspires You

St. Maria Goretti was 12 years old when a man, after attempting to rape her, stabbed her fatally multiple times.  Amazingly, as she was dying in her hospital bed, she found the strength to forgive the man who had done this to her.  He was present at her canonization 30 years later.  Knowing that she could forgive him for murdering her gives me the strength to forgive others for their much lesser offenses.