Prayer to St. Maria Goretti

Saint Maria Goretti, strengthened by God’s grace, you did not hesitate, even at the age of twelve, to shed your blood and sacrifice life itself to defend your virginal …
Angie W.
Extracted from Pope Pius XII's Homily at the Canonization of Saint Maria Goretti, Martyr of Purity, on June 24, 1950:
Why, beloved children, have you rushed in such boundless numbers to her glorification? Why, hearing or reading the account of her brief life, so much like a pristine gospel narrative for the simplicity of its line, for the painting of its setting, for the very flaming violence …More
Extracted from Pope Pius XII's Homily at the Canonization of Saint Maria Goretti, Martyr of Purity, on June 24, 1950:
Why, beloved children, have you rushed in such boundless numbers to her glorification? Why, hearing or reading the account of her brief life, so much like a pristine gospel narrative for the simplicity of its line, for the painting of its setting, for the very flaming violence of the death, were you touched even to tears? Why has Maria Goretti conquered your hearts so quickly, even to the point of becoming your favorite, your darling? Thus, there is in this world, manifestly overwhelmed and sunk into hedonism, not only a sparse crowd of the chosen, thirsting for heaven and pure air, but a throng, but an immense multitude, upon which the supernatural fragrance of Christian purity works an irresistible and promising allure: promising and encouraging.