Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Saint Maria Goretti, virgin martyr
"The value of Christian virtue is so great, so overwhelming, so imperative, that it is worth more than life. Purity is not just a separate part of our being. It belongs to our existence as a whole, it is essential for our life. Purity brings us in harmony of body and soul." - Servant of God, Pope Paul VI
A martyr for purity at the beginning of the 20th century. St. Maria Goretti is a lamp lighted for generations after her to find hope and help to follow Christ amidst a polluted world of impurity and hedonism. For details on her life click here.
Art: Source. For me the icon expresses the spiritual maturity, nobility and sobriety of the martyr-saint much better than most holy card images.