Commemoration of SAINT MARY GORETTI
Mary Goretti (1890-1902) was the child of poor Italian farm laborers. When she was nearly twelve years old, her beauty aroused the passion of a young man who lived under the same roof as her family. Mary defended her chastity and he wounded her mortally with a knife. The martyr of purity died praying for her murderer's conversion, which God granted to him. St. Mary Goretti was canonized on June 25, 1950, in the presence of her own mother. "Dear Lord," the aged woman said, "I was not worthy of such an angel!"
O God, You blessed the young maiden Mary with the victory of martyrdom in her early youth. May we be firm in our obedience to Your commandments through the prayers of this virgin whom You crowned in reward for her struggle. Through our Lord . . .
O Lord, we offer You this sacrifice of atonement, through which the blessed maiden Mary, even in her early youth, offered her body to You as a holy and pleasing victim. Through our Lord . . .
O Lord, grant those who have been refreshed with the Bread of Heaven the same strength to defend the purity of body and soul that You bestowed upon Your handmaiden Mary. Through our Lord . . .