I noticed a profound difference in myself since venerating the relics of Saint Maria Goretti last October (2015). Her relics visited my parish in Charlotte, NC as part of a national tour. As part of the veneration process, I took the time to learn more about this saint, of whose Feast Day we celebrate today. She is the saint associated with the virtues of forgiveness and mercy.
As a result of my visit with her relics, Saint Maria Goretti left a lasting impact on me. Since last October, I seem to more easily identify my sins of omission; for example, when I fail to put God first in my life; or when I fail to be patient with my husband, or when I fail to be merciful towards others. I feel a strong connection to the spirit of this girl who died at such a young age from violence.
Although she was only a pre-teen when she died, she has taught me so much about what it truly means to forgive and be merciful. Her spirit touches my heart, making me want to be more like Maria. I now find myself wanting to put God first more often. I make stronger attempts to be more patient with my husband. I look for ways to be more merciful, and I more easily forgive when wronged. I attribute these changes in my life to Saint Maria Goretti.
Be More Like Maria Goretti
The saints are our role models for embracing virtue, and Saint Maria Goretti easily leads us toward embracing both forgiveness and mercy, especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. If you would like to learn more about this beloved saint, I encourage you to visit Catholic.org. They have a short four-minute video worth watching.
If you want to learn more about the virtues of forgiveness and mercy, then I encourage you to visit my posts on the subjects, easily accessible via the side bar on your right.