Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Generous witness...

Cor mundum crea in me, Deus.
Create a clean heart in me, O God. -  Psalm 51:10

COMMUNION Antiphon (Today's Liturgy)

The Lamb who is at the center of the throne
will lead them to the springs of the waters of life. - Rev 7:17

PRAYER after COMMUNION (Today's Liturgy)

 O God, who bestowed on blessed Saint Maria Goretti
a crown among the Saints for her twofold triumph
of virginity and martyrdom, grant, we pray,
through the power of this Sacrament, that,
bravely overcoming every evil, we may attain
the glory of heaven.  Through Christ our Lord.

St Maria Goretti
Italy ~ 1890 -1902
Martyr at age 12 in defense of her virginity
Patron of Youth and Victims of Rape
Feast Day - July 6

"Even if she had not been a martyr,
she would still have been a saint,
so holy was her everyday life."  ~ Cardinal Salotti

 St Maria Goretti, pray for us! 

"Parents can learn from her story how to raise their God-given
children in virtue, courage and holiness; they can learn to train
them in the Catholic faith so that, when put to the test,
God's grace will support them and they will come through
undefeated, unscathed and untarnished."
~ Pope Pius XII: homily, canonization Mass - St Maria Goretti (1950)

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