Come O Sinner and enter the loving embrace of Christ the Bridegroom, wherein rests St. Maria Goretti. Faithful to her Divine Lover, she resisted the advances of the much older Alessandro. Refusing to enter into a life of enjoyment according to the worlds manner of enjoying vain pleasures, she condemned Alessandro's desires as sinful and not capable of resulting in anything save eternal damnation. With righteous anger she hated his sins and remained faithful to Christ the Bridegroom, even unto the point of death, for such is the worth of the Immortal Love of God. She hated iniquity and loved justice, therefore God her God anointed her with the oil of gladness above her brethren.1 Be thou faithful and receive every blessing of the Lord, abandoning the empty promises of the devil before thou findest thy life bankrupt. Behold how St. Maria converted he who tried to seduce her from beyond the grave, making him a model of chastity after showing him in a vision how the lily of purity is consumed by the fire of his lust. Arise, arise O Sinner and, like Maria, enter into the altar of God, to God who giveth joy to thy youth.2 Arise, arise and utter a canticle that the men of the flesh lusting against the spirit3 might be converted and themselves preach this same Love of God following the notorious sinner St. Augustine.
|St. Maria Goretti's Relics|
|Canonization of St. Maria Goretti|
Her mother and a converted
Alessandro were present.