|St. Maria Goretti, ora pro nobis.|
Today is the feast day of St. Maria Goretti. In a world increasingly losing it's love for purity, St. Maria is the perfect intercessor and role model for everyone, especially teenagers. Choosing to die rather than compromise her virginity, the twelve year old girl suffered a painful death as her attacker stabbed her fourteen times after a failed attempt to choke her. Even through all of this torture, Maria remained strong in her defense of her honor and proved her piety when, on her death bed two days later, she forgave the man who attacked her.
Amazing, isn't it? This young girl never even considered falling into sin, even to save her own life. Yet, teenagers are giving away their bodies every day, yielding to Satan's temptations for a moment's pleasure. And the world makes it easy for them to justify. Planned Parenthood teaches these children that intimacy is a good thing, even if it happens outside of marriage and with more than one person. Then, as the teenagers believe them and become promiscuous, Planned Parenthood is there to "help" them by killing the results of their actions. Now, the beauty of marriage and God's design for the conception of children is mocked. And the mother's womb, which used to be the safest place for a baby, is now even more dangerous than the battlefield.
Oh, pure and innocent Maria, please pray for our fallen country!
And may God bless all of you today!
Picture courtesy of St. Maria Goretti's Facebook page. Information from St. Maria Goretti.