Pure of Heart

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 6, 2021   

St. Maria Goretti, martyr for chastity

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Sexual perversion is a big part of the Marxist infiltration of Western civilization's institutions. What was once innuendo is now spoken about openly. It is taught to children in school and through their entertainment.

At Fatima in July 1917, Our Lady revealed, "The sins which cause most souls to go to Hell are the sins of the flesh." 

That was before the massively perverted movie industry existed. It was before television upended the husband and father as the head of the family. It was before popular music glorified sexual promiscuity, sodomy, rebellion and demon worship.

In comparison to the modern age, the sins of 1917 seem like a trite plot from a PG-13 movie drama. Yet the children of Fatima saw souls falling into Hell like snowflakes blowing to the earth in a winter storm.

Almost contemporary to Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima, St. John Bosco was given a harrowing vision of Hell and just how easy it is to get there. In fact, the people he saw going there were boys who were not yet adults.

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St. Maria Goretti revealed heroic virtue within her. On July 5, 1902, the 11-year-old refused the sexual advances of Alessandro Serenelli, her 20-year-old attacker.

Despite being threatened with violence and death, she told him "No, it is a sin, you will go to Hell." He answered her admonition by stabbing her 14 times. 

Even as she lay dying a day later in the hospital, she thought of her attacker, declaring, "I forgive Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in Heaven forever." 

After serving six years of his 30-year prison sentence, Maria appeared to Alessandro and handed him 14 lilies — the symbol of holy purity. The number of lilies matched the number of wounds he inflicted on her years before.

Parents must do their best to preserve and protect their children's purity.

He converted and was present at her canonization in Rome in 1950. He later joined the Franciscans and lived a holy life.

Before his death, Alessandro wrote, "Through the content of printed magazines, immoral shows and bad examples in the media, I saw the majority of the young people of my day following evil without even thinking twice. Unworried, I did the same thing."

Parents must do their best to preserve and protect their children's purity. The eternal destiny of their own souls and the souls of their children depend on it.

Learn more by watching The Download—Pure of Heart.

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