Prayer to St. Maria Goretti for Purity and Holiness

St. Maria Goretti is one of the youngest canonized saints in the Catholic Church. She died a virgin in 1902 at the young age of eleven after being stabbed multiple times by her attempted rapist. Those struggling with chastity can always seek her powerful intercession. Her Feast is celebrated on July 6th. She is the Patron Saint of chastity, teenage girls, rape victims, crime victims and youth.

Saint Maria Goretti
Saint Maria Goretti (source)

O St. Maria Goretti, strengthened by God’s grace, thou didst not hesitate, even at the age of eleven, to shed thy blood and sacrifice life itself to defend thy virginal purity. Look graciously on the unhappy human race that has strayed far from the path of eternal salvation. Teach us that courage and promptness in fleeing temptation that will help us avoid anything that could offend Jesus or stain our souls with sin. Obtain for us a great horror of impurity and of all sin, victory in temptation, comfort in the sorrows of life, and the grace which we earnestly beg of thee, so that we may live a holy life on earth and win eternal glory in Heaven. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

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