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Saint Maria Goretti Rosary
In white and green luster light beads to signify this saints colors. Saint Maria Goretti silvertone center.
Our Saint Maria Goretti rosary is made with white luster lite beads to signify her purity and 14 green luster lite beads to signify lilies and the 14 times she was stabbed. A lovely picture of Saint Maria is on the silvertone center. She was born as Maria Teresa Goretti in Corinaldo, Italy, in 1890. Maria was a very pretty girl who looked older than she really was. Soon, her teenaged neighbour Alessandro Serenelli (1882-1970) became sexually obsessed with her, and approached her several times with lewd suggestions, which Maria rejected once and again. On July 5, 1902, Alessandro attacked Maria when she was sewing at home, threatening her with a knife; when she would not yield to him, protesting about her not wanting to sin and warning Alessandro that he'd go to Hell if he raped her, Serenelli stabbed her 11 times. The injured but still-living Maria tried to reach the door, so Alessandro stabbed her 3 more times before running away. Maria's toddler sister Teresa, who was taking a nap, awoke with the noise and started crying, and when Alessandro's father and Maria's mother came to check on the little girl they found the bleeding Maria and took her to the nearest hospital in Nettuno. The following day, after expressing forgiveness for her murderer and stating that she wanted to have him in heaven with her, Maria died of her injuries. Alessandro Serenelli was sentenced to prison for his crime and remained unrepentant and uncommunicative from the world, for three years. One night, he had a dream of Maria offering him 14 lilies for the 14 times she was stabbed. Following this dream, he became deeply repentant. After his release from prison, Alessandro went to Maria's still-living mother, Assunta, and begged her forgiveness. She forgave him, and they attended Mass together the next day, receiving Holy Communion side by side. On June 24, 1950, Pope Pius XII canonized Saint Maria Goretti as a virgin and martyr saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Maria's mother, was present at the ceremony; she was the first mother ever to attend the canonization ceremony of her child, along with her four remaining sons and daughters. Saint Maria Goretti's feast day is July 6.
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