MANILA, July 8, 2014—Today’s youth, girls in particular, would do well to walk in the footsteps of Maria Goretti, said Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, who celebrated mass on her solemnity Sunday, July 6, at the only parish in the country dedicated to this “kid saint”.
“[So] I appeal to the young, women especially, imitate her [Saint Maria Goretti’s] courage … a courage that comes from a deep faith in Jesus, a courage that enabled her to evade the temptations and allurements of the world,” he shared.
According to Tagle, instead of following the dictates of the world, instead of following what the world would normally expect of a young girl, Goretti was courageous enough to look foolish in the eyes of the world.
He explained, “Standing by the principle of not being violent, not being angry, hateful, she died like her Lord, the one to Whom she offered her life.”
The prelate noted, “The world may consider her really stupid but with her heart which learned the ways of Jesus, she lived a mirror, a martyr, a model of faith.”
According to Tagle, it is almost expected that when a person learns from Jesus, the world will make fun of that person, saying “You are foolish.”
The cardinal used as examples husbands mocked for their mildness and meekness towards their wives and who are branded “ander da saya” (Tagalog slang for henpecked), and wives who are “Amazons”.
“Ignore the world,” Tagle advised the couples in his audience.
The prelate stated that true courage consists in being meek and humble.
“It takes a lot of courage to be meek and humble…Learn from Saint Maria Goretti. Learn from Jesus,” he said.
To learn more about this “kid saint”, visit http://www.mariagoretti.org/mariabio.htm . (Raymond A. Sebastián)