St. Maria Goretti

Even if she had not been a martyr, she would still have been a saint, so holy was her everyday life.
~ Cardinal Salotti

Saint Maria Goretti whose feast is celebrated on July 6 is a virgin-martyr and one of the youngest canonized saints.

Maria lost her father to malaria when she was nine and since then her life was very hard. Her family was forced to give up the farm, their home and share a house with another family, the Serenellis. Maria looked after the household chores and watched her younger sister Teresa while her mother and brothers worked in the fields.
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Faith at Work

Praising in Action – Purity

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
~ Matthew 5:8

What does it mean to be pure of heart?
It means to be clean, blameless, unstained from guilt. Being pure of heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul.
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St. Anthony

St. Anthony, born as Fernando Martins in the year 1195 AD in Lisbon, Portugal joined the Franciscan order at a young age where he initially he worked as a chaplain doing the lowliest of kitchen work. But the hidden jewel was soon to appear in all its brilliance. For the occasion of an ordination, the priest who was supposed to preach the sermon fell ill and so St. Anthony was asked to give the sermon. He spoke with such wisdom and eloquence that his fame spread throughout and he was asked to preach throughout Italy. St Anthony performed countless miracles in his lifetime.
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