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St Maria Goretti

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Seated Angel Garden Figure, 16 inches

St. Maria Goretti - one of the youngest canonized saints ever. Patronness of children and purity.


Saint Maria Goretti - the patron saint of chastity, rape victims, youth, teenage girls, poverty, purity and forgiveness. Feast day - July 6.


Maria Goretti, 1890-1902, is a martyr of the Roman Catholic Church, one of the youngest canonized saints. She died from multiple stab wounds inflicted by her attempted rapist after she refused to submit to him. After his release, Alessandro Serenelli visited Maria's still-living mother, Assunta, and begged her forgiveness. Serenelli later became a laybrother of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, living in a monastery and working as its receptionist and gardener until dying peacefully in…

George & Vulture, City of London.


St. Maria Goretti was 11 years old when her 20 year old next neighbor Alessandro demanded her virginity by threatening her with violence. She was able to prevent him from violating her but in result she was stabbed fourteen times. She managed to live a few more days in the hospital. Her last words were, “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.” While Alessandro was in prison, St. Maria Goretti appeared to him in a dream offering him flowers. When he woke up…


Assunta Goretti, mother of St. Maria Goretti, and Alessandro Serenelli, the man who murdered her daughter. After his release from prison he sought forgiveness and mercy from Maria's mother. She granted it and adopted Alessandro as her own son. Now one of the most famous stories of mercy in the Catholic Church.

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Saintly Inspirations

"The Holy Eucharist is the perfect expression of the love of Jesus Christ for man." ~ St. Maria Goretti


Robert Macaulay Stevenson - Scottish (1854 - 1952) Moonrise, c.1892, Oil on canvas, 111.8 x 76.2 cm. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland