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Maria Goretti

St. Maria Goretti, called by Pope Pius XII “the St. Agnes of the 20th century” was born on a small farm near Ancona, Italy, in 1890.  The third of seven children, she was in the words of her mother, “happy good, openhearted, without whim, but with a sense and seriousness beyond her years, and never disobedient.  Her father died when she was nine, and Maria helped out with the younger children and the house work while her mother ran the farm.  She received First Holy Communion at eleven and strove with all her strength to do better each day.  Six months later, her heroic maiden was severely tried for her Faith.  The Goretti family shared a home with partner of their father and his son Alexander, a wicked-minded youth who began making sinful advances towards Maria.  She repelled them immediately but said nothing about them for he threatened to kill her and her mother if she did.  Finally, lust drove Alexander to attach outright but again the said resisted him with all her strength, crying out repeatedly.  : ‘No, it’s a sin God does not want it’.  Whereupon, the attacker overwhelmed by fear and anger began to strike at her blindly with a long dagger, and several blows passed clear through her body.

St. Maria was rushed to the hospital at Nettuno and surgeons worked feverishly to save her life but it soon became evident that nothing could be done.  The next morning she was given Communion, but first queried about her attitude towards Alexander.  She replied clearly that she forgave him, that she would pray for his repentance and that she wished to see him in heaven.  Only July 6 1902, the saintly maiden died and went to meet her heavenly Spouse for whose love she had been willing to give her life.  Only July 25, 1950, she was raised to sainthood, with her mother, brothers and sisters present a unique event in the history of the Church.

 

Family ID Head of the family
17-0002 BRIDGET MENEZES
17-0003 JUSTINE D'SILVA
17-0008 MERLYN D'SA
17-0010 P V JOSE
17-0011 JOHN D'MELLO
17-0012 SUBHAKAR KOLLABATHULA
17-0017 MARK PAUL D'SOUZA  
17-0018 JEROME MACHADO
17-0021 HILARY MENEZES
17-0024 PHILIP PAUL
17-0025 HERCULAN REBELLO
17-0026 RAMA DEVADIGA
17-0033 VINCENT D'SOUZA
17-0037 MARIAN L D'SOUZA
17-0041 ALPHONSO FERNANDES
17-0042 MELVIN NORONHA
17-0043 ALWYN NORONHA
17-0045 STANLEY PERIS
17-0047 JOSEPH THOMAS
17-0048 GEORGE CHETTIAR
17-0049 WILLIAM GONSALVES  
17-0050 FRANCINA D'CRUZ
17-0055 J. P. D'SILVA  
17-0056 EVEREST D'SOUZA
17-0058 CHARLES RODRIGUES
17-0059 KISTU FERNANDES
17-0060 ROSARIO QUADROS
17-0061 PHILIP PEREIRA
17-0065 WILLIAM SEQUEIRA
17-0071 BAPTIST D'SOUZA
17-0073 T. MATHEW VARGHESE
17-0076 SABITA MASCARENHAS
17-0079 GENEIVE D'COSTA
17-0080 JAISON CHAMAKKALA
17-0087 MELROY FERNANDES
17-0088 RONALD PINTO
17-0089 MIRESH MATHEW
17-0090 THIRAVIAM NADAR
   
   
   

 

 
     
 
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