Monday, July 6, 2009

St. Maria Goretti

When Dan and I were in Rome for our 10th anniversary in 2007, we were able to visit the incorrupt body of St. Maria Goretti. Fr. Steve drove us to Anzio/Nettuno for the day and this is where her remains are resting. I must tell you that it was incredible. She is beautiful! If you do not know the story of St. Maria Goretti, please take the time to read about her incredible life (and death).

This is where Maria's remains are exposed...Our Lady of Mercy in Nettuno, Italy. There was a mass going on in the church at the time so we chose not to take any pictures inside...out of respect. However, there are lots of pictures on line where you can see her incorrupt body.

Oh Saint Maria Goretti who, strengthened by God's grace, did not hesitate even at the age of twelve to shed your blood and sacrifice life itself to defend your virginal purity, look graciously on the unhappy human race which has strayed far from the path of eternal salvation. Teach us all, and especially youth,with what courage and promptitude we should flee for the love of Jesus anything that could offend Him or stain our souls with sin. Obtain for us from our Lord victory in temptation, comfort in the sorrows of life, and the grace which we earnestly beg of thee (here insert intention), and may we one day enjoy with thee the imperishable glory of Heaven. Amen.

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1 comment:

Anne said...

Thank you for this beautiful post! How blessed you were to visit that church!