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Saint Maria Goretti

Fr. Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

July 06, 1981
   
 

              St Thomas of Villanova Augustinian Parish Church Villanova, PA

 

VIRTUES SHINE FORTH in the Life of Saint Maria Goretti...especially  Trust, Faith

 & Purity.  Her Father died when she was 9 years old.  Maria helped with the

younger children & the  housework...while her Mother ran the farm....a large

Estate outside of Rome.

 

THE GORETTI FAMILY shared the house with their Father’s partner...& his son

 Alexander who  made sinful advances towards Maria.  She repelled him...but

said  nothing...because he threatened to kill her....& her Mother if she did.

 

FINALLY HE STABBED 12 year old Maria fourteen times.  She was rushed to the

Hospital...but nothing could save her.  She forgave her attacker...received Holy

 Communion....& said she hoped to see him in heaven.  She was Canonized a

Saint by Pope Pius XII...with her Mother, Brothers & Sisters present in St Peter’s

 Basilica on July 25....& thousands more outside in St Peter’s Square.

 

AFTER SPENDING 27 YEARS in prison Alexander was released.  He begged forgive-

ness  from the Saint’s Mother...& lived to see her CanonizedNow, let us

consider all of the above....& look at our Modern World.

 

TOO MANY HAVE LOST the “Sense of the Sacred”....because of their false attitudes

 of God, Church, Sex & Objective Reality & Truth.   Consequently, many have become

 weak in the Love & Practice of their Faith..  Some have even lost it entirely. Youngsters

tell their Parents...”Everybody’s doing it.”...as the reason for their justification.

 

THE PARENTS REPLY should be:  “NO... not everybody is saying this.”   “RIGHT

would still be RIGHT....even if NOBODY did it”....& WRONG would still

 

+

+ be wrong

even if everybody did it.   Moral Right & Wrong...or MORALITY...(Sin or no Sin).

...have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the Numbers game!   ON TODAY’S TALK

 S-HOWS....the question is asked...”how many think a certain action is sinful?”.

...& up go the hands.

 

ADS, BOOKS, Newspapers, Magazines...TV...& now the INTERNET...all glorify the VICES

with fancy, clever clichés....& so Ugly Vices become false Virtues. We should note that

 Truth & Morality have their Origin IN God....& flow FROM God.  Their very Existence

& Validity do NOT depend upon the Knowledge, Consent, Agreement or Opinions of Man.

 

12 year OLD MARIA had a True sense of Judgment, Values & Morality.

 

                                PLEASE PRAY THAT ALL MAY FOLLOW

               HER IDEALS OF COURAGE, MODESTY, PURITY & FAITH.

 

   
 
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