Saint Maria Goretti’s relics will be visiting a good portion of the eastern half of the United States from September 21st until November 11th of this year. The visit of her sacred relics could not come at a more urgent time. America is saturated with the vice of impurity in just about every institution: social, religious, cultural, governmental, educational and tragically, even familial.
July 6 is the feast day of Saint Maria Goretti, a great saint and inspiring model for purity, an almost non-existent virtue today. Not only is she the model for purity, she could also be called the patroness of moral absolutes.
Saint Maria Goretti was born on October 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, Italy. Her mother was a widow and it was up to Saint Maria to raise her five siblings while her mother worked the fields in order to earn a meager living for the family. Her neighbor Giovanni and his son Alessandro also worked in the fields. Alessandro took an impure interest in Saint Maria and made crude and disgusting comments in her presence. He tried to pressure her to engage in impure acts with him, but was always met with a sound refusal by Maria.
One day, while Maria was alone and just eleven years of age, her mother working the fields, Alessandro tried to force himself upon her. Maria would not give in and shouted: “No! It is a sin! God does not want it!” In retribution for her proclamation of purity, the impure Alessandro then stabbed her several times. She died twenty hours later from her wounds.
Saint Maria Goretti died for a moral absolute. She gave her life rather than consent to an act of impurity. In the world of today that would seem ludicrous. Saint Maria clearly understood that right is right and wrong is wrong and that the consequences for consenting to such a grave sin would be eternal death. She also understood that suffering even death in defense of purity, would merit eternal life. In our day, she would be like Saint John the Baptist, a lone voice defending moral absolutes.
We should all pray and humbly beseech Saint Maria Goretti to grant us purity in thought, word and action. America is drowning in a morass of impure vice of every type: gender confusion, fornication, self-abuse, immodesty, lust, homosexuality, adultery, and vices that are too horrible to mention. We need the intercession of Our Lady, the angels, the saints and particularly saints like Saint Maria, who offered their very lives to defend the moral absolute of purity.
We live in a terminally ill society due to the saturation of this satanic vice. Why terminally ill? Because unforgiven sins of impurity lead to eternal death, and a society so infected with impurity can only lead to the eternal death of society.
Every Catholic is aware of how short the confession lines are despite the impure vices that tempt each and every day. One cannot go anywhere, sometimes not even in Churches without being assaulted by impurity, whether it be through immodest dress, speech or actions. So many extraordinary graces are needed in these times to remain pure.
Saint Maria is commonly praised for her forgiveness towards her murderer. That is indeed a very great thing; however, what is most admirable about Saint Maria was her combative intransigence in face of the grave sin of impurity.
If we are to survive in a state of sanctifying grace today we must also have a combative intransigence toward impurity wherever it appears.
Look over the schedule of where Saint Maria Goretti’s relics will be, and then if possible, make a pilgrimage to venerate her holy relics. All who make such a pilgrimage will have the opportunity to receive the extraordinary graces needed to, first of all, understand what purity is and, secondly, to remain pure.
Let us, like Saint Maria Goretti, resist impurity and defend the pure.
Updated on July 6, 2018.