St. Maria Teresa Goretti, Virgin Martyr
July 6, 2017

Maria Goretti was born near Ancona, Italy.  She was born of a poor family.  She was died defending her human dignity and offered to God her purity.  She died at the age of 12.  With her mother present for, she was canonized in 1950 before the larges crowd ever assembled at that time for a canonization.  Maria Goretti is the patroness of teenage girls.

Father source of innocence and lover of chastity, you gave St. maria Goretti the privilege of offering her life in witness to Christ.  As you gave her the crown of martyrdom, let her prayers keep us faithful to your teaching.  (Opening Prayer)