From the weekend’s festivities, celebrating the freedom we share in the United States … Here’s some short clips having a little fun over the weekend:
In the 21st century the nobility of virginity is not talked about as much as it has been in antiquity. Yet, let us remember that Virgin Saints are particularly important to our Lord. Their virginity has more to do with the physical trait of the body. One saint that comes to mind is the one we honor today, only two days after the celebration of our nation’s independence.
Maria Goretti, or affectionately known as Marietta, is the patroness of purity for young people and the Church celebrates her feast today! Marietta was martyred as a young Italian teenager. She protected her most valued physical treasure. She not only shed her blood, but gave joyful profound witness to Jesus Christ! From that witness, many have continued to follow God who is the “author of innocence and lover of chastity” (From the Collect on Maria’s Feast Day).
Virginity is about having one’s mind and heart so focused on God that God becomes the only end for the person’s journey in this earthly life!
Maria not only teaches us the value and joy loving God, but in that love, one puts it into action. She is a great saint in understanding mercy. She teaches us to forgive. At the moment of her death, she forgave her murderer, Alejandro, whole heartedly so that heaven would eventually be attainable for him. Alejandro repented in jail after experiencing a vision of Marietta, and lived a life of solitude and prayer. He stood with Marietta’s mother at the Vatican the day Marietta was elevated to the Altar of God.
Marietta, a young teenage saint with no academic degrees or profound intelligence. Yet, a flaming witness to the mercy and love of God. Dare we be saints!
On this great feast of Marietta, here’s a piece of music performed by Stjepan Hauser. It is Gabriel’s Oboe and it is worth the listen. Enjoy as I do!