St. Maria Goretti

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St. Maria Goretti
She was born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16, 1890 to Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. She was the third out of the six children. Her sisters were named Teresa and Ersilia; her brothers were Angelo, Sandrino, and Mariano. At the age of 6, her family bacame so poor that they were forced to give up their farm. They moved to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio, and her father worked for other farmers. Later, her father died of malaria when she was 6.
After her father’s death, her mother had to struggle to feed her children. She spent a difficult childhood assisting her mother in domestic duties. Soon, she and her family moved to Le Ferriere, where they lived in a building, they shared with another family which included Giovanni Serenelli and his son, Alessandro. The family was able to survive by working for Giovanni Serenelli and his teenager son Alessandro. Her brothers, mother, and sister worked in the fields while Maria cooked, sewed, watched after her baby sister, and kept the house clean.
Since her family was too poor to pay for Masses in her father's memory, every night Maria would recite the Rosary for her father's soul. She was often at prayer. It was a hard life, but the family was very close. They shared a deep love for God and the faith. The words of her mother Assunta were fixed in her soul. "You must never commit sin, at any cost."
In 1902, 20-year-old Alessandro Serenelli began ordering 11-year-old Maria to perform difficult chores, none of which could be completed to his satisfaction. Alessandro also began making advances on Maria. She refused, he grabbed her, and demanded that she submit to him, but she told him that it would be a sin. Alessandro first choked Maria, but she insisted she would rather die than submit to him. On July 5, 1902, in a fit of anger, Alessandro stabbed Maria 11 times to death, with Maria preferring…...

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