July 6 - Saint Maria Goretti


She was one of many children born to a very poor Italian family. Her father died early and she had to assume a great deal of family responsibilities in the home while her older siblings went out to work in the fields. A neighbor wanted to have sexual relations with her and when Maria resisted, the young man stabbed her. She lived long enough to forgive her aggressor. The young man later repented.

How do you try to maintain your dignity and defend it against any psychological, moral or physical aggression?


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