6th July – St Maria Goretti

Today we celebrate the memorial of the virgin martyr St Maria Goretti (*1890 +1902), who st maria gorettidied defending her purity. In the canonisation homily of Pope Pius XII there is a quote from the spiritual classic The Imitation of Christ which is worthy of reflection: “Though tested and plagued by a host of misfortunes, I have no fear so long as your grace is with me. It is my strength, stronger than any adversary; it helps me and gives me guidance.”