Tagged: Forgiveness

St. Maria Goretti: Model of Mercy

July 6 marks the feast day of St. Maria Goretti, a young virgin and martyr, who is a model of mercy and chastity for all. Maria Goretti was a peasant girl who was stabbed fourteen times, while fighting off a rapist. She died forgiving her killer. St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of: children, girls, martyrs, rape victims, and youth. Maria Goretti was born on...

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria

July 5th is the optional memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, co-founder of the Barnabites, the religious congregation so called because it was headquartered in St. Barnabas Monastery in Milan. St. Anthony had great devotion to Our Lord crucified. He helped introduce the Forty Hours’ Devotion and initiated the ringing of the church bells on Friday. Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born at Cremona, Italy,...

St. Germaine: Patroness of the Abused and Disabled

Today, June 15 is the feast day of St. Germaine Cousin, a simple and devout young girl who lived in Pibrac, France in the late 1500s. She was born in 1579 to a humble family. Her father was a farmer, and her mother died when she was still an infant. She was born with a deformed right arm and hand, as well as the disease...