Monday, July 6, 2015
St. Maria Goretti
Never cooperate with abuse, whether it be sexual, physical or emotional. When you are weak, then you are strong. Run to Christ who will deliver you from all abuse, tragedy and sorrow. You must take the first step. Yes, you were victimized, but you you must not remain a victim. Let Christ make you strong again, he will help you to move on, become grateful again, become grateful for lessons you learned. Hardest of all...forgive. Forgive the one who hurt you, they need your forgiveness, but you need it even more.
Forgiveness will lead you back to freedom, and freedom will allow you to see the goodness in life, and allow you to risk opening to Love once again, this time with a truer, happier result.
St. Maria Goretti forgave an attempted rapist and murderer, when she was yet 12 years old. She prayed for his soul, and let go of her victimization. We can do no less.
Be not afraid.
"Oh Saint Maria Goretti who, strengthened by God's grace, did not hesitate even at the age of twelve to shed your blood and sacrifice life itself to defend your virginal purity, look graciously on the unhappy human race which has strayed far from the path of eternal salvation. Teach us all, and especially youth,with what courage and promptitude we should flee for the love of Jesus anything that could offend Him or stain our souls with sin. Obtain for us from our Lord victory in temptation, comfort in the sorrows of life, and the grace which we earnestly beg of thee (here insert intention), and may we one day enjoy with thee the imperishable glory of Heaven. Amen."