A while back, I was drawn to the story of St. Maria Goretti and read her story. Recently, I was thinking about it and I happened to do a web search on her and came across an image of her that triggered an emotional reaction. I can’t say that I’ve ever cried over a religious image before and it actually felt that Maria was actually offering me the lilies that she was holding.
I know that the man who killed her became a follower of her as a saint as a result of a vision or dream in which she forgave him. I’m drawn to Maria’s attitude here, which is or is very close to the attitude that the Mennonite church expounds, which is to forgive your “enemies” at all times in all places and without reservation.
- Could she be actually trying to draw me close to her? I remember reading somewhere on these boards that living people don’t choose patron saints, but rather saints choose living people? It also could be the case that I just had an emotional reaction to her story and that there is no greater meaning behind it (possibly what my (Protestant) pastor would say).
- Do saints call people who are currently professed Protestants? I’ve found myself fascinated and drawn to the CC, but can’t call myself “ready to convert” in a meaningful sense. Would a specific saint reach out to a Protestant, or only to Catholics or people convinced in their mind and ready to convert?
- How many men follow her? I know that the man who killed her became a follower of her.