Saint of the Day ~ April 6

BLESSED PIERINA MOROSINI (1931-1957), virgin and martyr – Patroness of rape victims and a martyr of purity

Today, the Church honors Blessed Pierina Morosini, who developed a great love for the Holy Mass at a very young age, and lived her brief life devoted to making her faith a part of her daily life’s activities.

Pierina was born on January 7, 1931, the daughter of Roque Morosini and Sara Norris, in Fiobbio di Albino, Bergamo, Italy. She was the eldest of nine children in this impoverished family. She was a young, devout woman, known to be deeply in love with God and a faithful Catholic.

Pierina received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the age of six and began attending daily Mass, rising at 5 o’clock in the morning in order to attend Mass at 6:00 a.m. After Mass, she would return home and then travel ½ hour to the village to go to school. Pierina was very talented and was the best student in her class; but her family was poor and, at the age of eleven, she had to leave her studies in order to begin learning the trade of tailoring. At the age of fifteen, she began working at a cotton spinning mill in Albino in order to help provide for the needs of her family.

Still attending daily Mass, she joined the Third Order Franciscans, taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. She was very active in the Church, working as a catechist, collecting offerings for seminarians and doing other works of charity.

An important event in her life was her pilgrimage to Rome in 1947 to attend the Beatification of Maria Goretti, for she saw in Maria a great example of purity and chastity.

One day, as the 26-year-old Pierina returned home from work, she was attacked by a would-be rapist. He stoned her to death for refusing to comply with his sexual demands. She died on April 6, 1957.

On October 4, 1987, Pierina Morosini was beatified in Rome, Italy by Pope St. John Paul II, who spoke of her as a symbol of purity in a violent world.

We commemorate her feastday on April 6.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com and catholicfire.blogspot.com)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for a Virgin Martyr)

“God our Father, You give us joy each year in honoring the memory of Blessed Pierina. May her prayers be a source of help for us, and may her example of courage and chastity be our inspiration.

“Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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