"It is impossible for anyone who leads an impure life not to grow weak in the Faith"
St, John Chrysostom, Sermon 1. De Verbis Apost.
Today, the Church celebrates the virgin-martyr, St. Maria Goretti. Surrounded as we are, by a world drowning in filth and licentious sin, we would do well to meditate upon her life. Today, while most in the world - including Catholics - are off indulging in impurity, we should resolve to commit even more strongly to Christian purity. While most of the world - including Catholics - are compromising (at minimum) with indecency - we should even more strongly oppose indecency. Today, while most of the world - including Catholics - approve of fornication and other sexual sins - we should even more strongly repeat the words of our saint: "no, it is a sin, you will go to hell". Yes, hell exists and unrepentant sinners go there.
A teacher of purity for our times:
St. Maria truly is a teacher by her life. Consider her incredible maturity! Maria, even as a young girl was able to help raise the family after her father's death. She may not have had an "education", not superficially glanced through - under duress - a copy of a Shakespeare play, or studied elementary calculus, nor spent 12 years studying "sex education", or wear grossly immodest short skirts and tight tops to "Catholic" high school, exposing herself to all and sundry; nor indulge in foolishness, and filthy, suggestive language, as do so, so many "Catholic" school girls...
"Catholic" school girls, and indeed young women, would do well to take Maria as their model, instead of females who, not a few years ago, would cause a harlot to blush with shame. Such has our "civilization" changed. They would do well to re-educate themselves in the way of holy virginity and purity.
A prophet of purity for our times:
Our saint came from a time and place when "peasant common sense" still was a reality, not the virtual reality cesspool that out youth dwell in today. Maria was therefore able to assist in raising the family with a maturity that would shame the vast majority of women of today, even three times her age! No, we have not "progressed" as a society, but regressed dramatically. Therefore, it was still in this Catholic Italian milieu (albeit already undermined by decades of masonic attacks against the Church) that Maria was taught and developed her precious Faith. The praying (note praying, not just "mindless babbling" as Pere Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene warns us about!) of the Rosary fortified Maria's purity, and prepared her for martyrdom.
She realized how special and holy was her virginity. Her preservation of her virginity, even unto death, is a profound rebuke to the first and second sexual revolutions (the "Roaring Twenties" and "Swinging Sixties", respectively). Maria's refusal to engage in fornication, incongruous to our sexually obsessed world, remains a direct challenge to the wave of impurity and immorality that surrounds us.
Maria's decision to die for virginity and purity is a direct challenge to Catholics: do we really believe in the beauty of virginity and purity? If we do, we need to prove it. It is not enough to merely abstain from fornicating; but to deal with the small sins and imperfections. If a Catholic wages spiritual warfare against the small sins, the big ones will take care of themselves, so to speak. If a school girl refuses to dress immodestly, speak vulgarly, her behaviour will naturally change; she will be a truly beautiful virgin. If a school boy refuses to go along with other school boys in looking at pornography, in responding to the sexual provocations of the girls, he may well be mocked, but he will shine as an example of holy purity. Great will the reward in Heaven be for the youth who retain their virtue.
St. Maria's life is a challenge to what today is considered "normal" and "decent", when in fact it is abnormal and indecent. It is time for Catholics to start to behave like Catholics.
St. Maria Goretti, pray for us.