In you the children and the young people will find a safe refuge
These were the unforgettable words which were spoken from the heart of the Venerable Pope Pius XII at the canonization of St Maria Goretti, on 24th of June, 1950. Maria, whose feast day is celebrated today, July 6th, has much to teach us and especially to our children and youth.
But who was this great saint who preferred to die rather than to give in to sin? Maria was born on October 16 1890, in Corinaldo, in the Province of Ancona in Italy. When her father died due to malaria, Maria’s mother had to struggle hard to feed her children, making their living from working in the fields, while little Maria cooked, sewed, cleaned the house and took care of her youngest sister Teresa. Even if as a family they suffered, they managed to keep their family united, principally because they all put God in the first place of their family life.