HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT MARIA GORETTI,VIRGIN AND MARTYR.
THEME: Our God loves, He hopes, He waits. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep us waiting an instant.” St Maria Goretti.
BY: Fr. Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today the Church in a special way, celebrates the feast of St. Maria Goretti, a renowned saint remembered for her faith in the Lord, her righteousness and steadfastness amidst the things that she had to face and endure, the trial of her faith and dedication to God.
*WHO WAS SAINT MARIA GORETTI?*
St. Maria Goretti was a young woman who was born to a family of poor farmers, and her father’s early death led to her family having to live together with another family, the Serenellis, whose son, Alessandro, attempted to rape St. Maria Goretti as he made advances upon her. St. Maria Goretti resisted Alessandro’s advances and dissuaded him from committing such a sin with her, and as a result, she was assaulted many times by Alessandro, who stabbed her many times with a knife before fleeing.
St. Maria Goretti was found in a critical state, but just before she passed away, she told her mother and others that she forgave Alessandro and stating that she would want him to be in Heaven with her, along with her concern for her mother.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, all of us as Christians, are therefore reminded of our obligation and calling to commit ourselves to the Lord, to give our all in devotion to God, remembering just how the Lord Himself has been faithful to the Covenant He has made with us. All of us are called to live our lives as faithful and committed followers of Christ, just as how St. Maria Goretti had lived, in her upholding of the sanctity of her virginity and her upright life, and how she forgave her murderer, and her prayers for him, right to the end. Can all of us do the same with our lives as well, brothers and sisters in Christ? May the Lord, our most loving God and Father, continue to be with us and bless us now and always.
Saint Maria Goretti Pray For Us.
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
FOR MORE HOMILIES CLICK >>>>>