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…. © 2006
This beautiful hand-painted imported Italian silver medal features Saint Maria Goretti, patroness of Forgiveness and Young Girls. The Saint Maria Goretti medal features vibrant colors and will bring inspiration, strength, and hope to all who wear it. High quality Italian silver painted by hand - some minor variations may occur.