This beautiful hand-painted imported Italian silver medal features Saint Maria Goretti, patroness of Forgiveness and Young Girls. She was a wonderful young girl who was forced to grow up too quickly, in the late 1800’s. Maria’s father died when she was a child and her mother was forced to go to work to support the family. This left Maria in charge of taking care of the household. When Maria was only 12 years old, she faced a vicious intrusion. Her 18 year-old neighbor Alessandro assaulted her sexually and then stabbed her repeatedly. Maria was brought to a hospital where she lingered in critical condition. Each time she awoke she asked about her mother and worried about how she was handling the situation. Maria also let her family know she had forgiven her attacker, Alessandro. Hours later, Maria died. Alessandro went to jail and was initially unrepentant. But after several years, he sought forgiveness, and was eventually released from prison. He went to the family of Maria Goretti and in an effort to repent. The family was finally able to forgive him. Later, Maria was Canonized as a saint and her attacker attended the ceremony celebrating her life. Over 250,000 people attended the event, one of the largest crowds in history. Pray with Saint Maria Goretti to find healing through forgiveness.
Your order includes our vibrant one-of-a-kind hand-painted saint medal, a silver necklace, keychain clasp, or Sterling Silver necklace (your choice!), the story of Saint Marguerite D’Youville in greeting card format, a felt pouch for safekeeping, unique prayer cards from Rome, Italy, an extra envelope for easy mailing or gifting and a money back guarantee, “No Questions Asked.” Rob and SaintsforSinners.com stand by their work product. The stories are sometimes embellished, paraphrased, or updated, but overall, they retain the theme presented at canonization or veneration.
A 3mm, 18" unisex Sterling Silver chain may be purchased for an additional cost. Each Sterling Silver chain will be 18" in length unless otherwise specified.