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Elizabeth Ann Seton & Maria Goretti

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Elizabeth Ann Seton & Maria Goretti
Maria and the Church.
Maria Goretti was a sweet young girl who had given her heart to God and knowledge; she was a forgiving and a sweet girl whose youth had been admired by many. Maria’s amazing story begins when in 1899 her father the humble sharecropper decided for the family to move to Italy, Maria and her family moved to the town of Ferrier which was basically a small village.
Connection with the
8 Beatitudes.
Beatitudes and the world of today.
Reflecting back on the life of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton or Mother Seton we realize how the beatitudes help change her life and show her a new side of herself. The lessons that the Beatitudes thought her through her life made her from a dreamy and ordinary young girl into a fierce, special, realistic, and powerful woman who would do anything in her will to help others. She built communities and sisterhoods to help and make a difference.

The beatitudes don’t just tell us what we have to do to make God pleased with us, but rather they also tell us how to behave in a way that others and ourselves would be happy and pleased with ourselves too. When we see how well behave we will feel good and happy. Also the beatitudes teach us lessons that can be learned through life experiences and be heard from the elderly. The beatitudes tell us how to not be selfish and be appreciative and help others when they need help. The beatitudes tell us the prize we receive from God for pleasing him with our behaviour, but it is more than the prize, it is what we do for ourselves and others we care about.

Beatitudes bring the community or the society closer together and more stable. Imagine a society where everyone is considerate about others and care and help each other out, and where there is no sin and everyone is fair to one another. Everything would work well and everyone would be happy in this life and in the afterlife.
Elizabeth and the church.


As a suggestion from the president of St. Mary’s college in Baltimore, Maryland, Elizabeth started a school in the city. Elizabeth and her 3 daughters, her sisters in law, Cecelia and Harriet Seton, and four young women who joined them began to start a sisterhood. They had the will to start the first free Catholic school in America. On March 25, 1809, Elizabeth Ann Seton pronounced her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience binding for one year. From that time on she was called Mother Seton.


Connection with the 8 Beatitudes
4. Blessed are the ones who thirst and hunger for unrighteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Elizabeth has many qualities that make her a right person to be recognized as a saint, but one of the important one is that she fought for justice and quality of life for those in the community and in the world. She created the sisterhood of her own to be passed on through generations and built communities like schools and orphanages for free to help the ones who are in need of, she fought for their righteousness in life and she lived through thirst and hunger for it. She used and gave anything she had to help others, and Elizabeth herself had a very simple life style and did anything she could to help others.
2. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Mother Seton was a very gentle and meek person; she cared about others and put no difference between them. Elizabeth created free Catholic schools and orphanages in form of charity because of her good natured self and the respect she felt towards children and others in the form of care and sensitivity. Her establishments have and still are making a difference and helping the ones in need.
3. Blessed are the ones who mourn, for they shall be confronted.
Elizabeth is the recognition of personal suffering, and the suffering of others. Throughout her life God had put trials in her path to test her to show her the strength hidden withing her self. She has suffered through deaths of many of her beloved ones and separated from them by distance too. She found comfort in the presence of God and Church.
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Elizabeth after suffering through her life and being separated from her beloved ones by death and distance has made a woman who is poor in spirit. She finds and attitude of trust in the presence and mystery of God recognition, she found hope, comfort, and love by giving her full faith and attention to God. Elizabeth realized that she no longer is alone and never has been, because God was and is always there comforting her and every human being.
Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in August 28, 1774 in Brownsville, Texas, United states. She is special because she is first to be canonized as the first American born saint by Pope Paul VI in 1975. Elizabeth loved reading; she read everything from Bible to casual novels for pleasure reading. As she became older every day the bible became her continual instructor, she continued to read, support, and love the scripture for the rest of her life.

In 1794 she married a wealthy young man named William Seton; they were deeply in love with each other. First early years of her marriage was a short moment of happiness, but it was tragically replaced by many deaths and lost that she was to suffer through. In 4 years William’s father passed away, leaving William’s seven half brothers and sisters and family business and importing the young couple responsibility. After some events William’s health and business failed leaving the young couple no choice but to move to Italy to stay with some friends. William died of Tuberculosis in Italy leaving Elizabeth devastated and broken hearted because her one consolation was that he had recently awakened to find faith and hope in the things of God.
Many deaths and separations from the dear ones served Elizabeth to give her broken heart to god and eternity, finally finding peace and comfort there she continued to get closer to God every day and picking up the broken pieces of her heart, this led her into the Catholic Church. Elizabeth charmed everybody in Italy simply by her good nature, kindness, patience, wit and courtesy. As she became more and more interested in Catholic faith her Italian friends introduced and guided her into catholic instructions. Elizabeth had lost her mother while she had been a child, that’s why she felt a great comfort, faith, and love in the idea of the Blessed Virgin being her real and truly mother. Elizabeth asked the Blessed Virgin to guide and lead her to the right path and true faith; she finally joined the Catholic Church in 1805.
Mother Seton continued to guide and teaches the rule of sisterhood which was formally ratified in 1812, which was based upon the Rule St Vincent De Paul that had written for his daughters of Charity in France. Until 1818 to be added to the sisterhood’s establishment of first school, the sisters had also established 2 orphanages and another school. Today 6 groups of sisters trace and follow their origins to Mother Seton initial foundation. Elizabeth in her last 3 years felt like God was beginning to call to her and hat gave her joy because she could finally join her beloved ones and God. Mother Seton died of Tuberculosis which had painfully infected her family; she joined her beloved ones in 1821 at the age of 46. Only 16 years after becoming a Catholic, she was canonized on September 14, 1975 by Pope Paul VI.
Elizabeth Seton was a spiritual woman who had only wanted to marry a handsome man, be a happy wife, and raise a good family; she had adventures beyond her wildest dreams. Mother Seton grew up in faith and trials that God put her through only to show her the resources, strength, and courage she did not know she possessed, that is why the church had view her as a saint, because of her loving nature, incredible life, establishments to help the society, and because she was chosen by god to make a difference.
Maria’s father who was desperately searching for a place to support his family found an opportunity; he struck up a bargain or a deal with Signor Serenelli to live together in a building. The 2 families moved in and Signor Serenelli had a son named Alessandro. Maria quickly as always matured in grace and holiness in the eye of friends and families. After her father died of Malaria, she did not lose herself; she developed a great strength and maturity. Maria’s charming modesty, cheerful obedience, and her serious yet free acceptance of a hundred thankless home chores distinguished and differ her from the children that played in the streets. One of her many magnificence was her first holy Communion in which she dutifully prepared herself for and awaited with a great anticipation. Maria truly advanced in “Wisdom, and age and grace before God and man.”
Unlike the other kids in her small town Maria like a beautiful rose had a thorn threatening her. Alessandro Serenelli by his awful passion and along nurturing the dark side of his soul had some very bad thoughts in his mind for the lovely Maria. Alessandro had propositioned Maria on a few occasions and harassed her with impure suggestions. After a few attempts at harassing Maria even more Alessandro in July 2, 1902 he thought that he would be denied no longer, Maria as always rebuffed and refused his sexual advances, shouting at him “No! It is a sin! God does not want!” and having said that she would rather die, Alessandro lost himself and lunged himself into a deed, he violently stabbed Maria with a Knife 14 time.
Afterward when Maria was transported to a hospital in Nettuno, the doctors tried their best to save her, but after 20 long and suffocating hours Maria forgave Alessandro and conspired for his soul and after life, she prayed for him to God to forgive him. Maria Goretti entered the doors of heaven in July 6, 1902 and her last earthly gaze rested upon the Blessed Mother and her last words were prayers that were meant to save her attacker’s soul.
After 50 years despite Maria’s twisted sad tragedy and heavenly forgiveness she was declared a saint on June 24, 1980 by Pope Pius XII as he stood in the steps of St. Peter’s in Rome and he pronounced Maria Goretti a saint and Martyr of the universal Church to a millions of people. Maria is proposed as the Patroness of Modern Youth and has July 6th as her feast day. Her murderer and her mother together attended her canonization ceremony as Alessandro had claimed that during his time in prison for 30 years, one night Maria came to him in a dream and gave him flowers as a sign to pronounce a peace between them and that he has been forgiven and also when he mentioned that Maria’s mother also forgave him.
Maria Goretti was a very simple girl and lived an ordinary life, but despite her simplicity her great faith for God made her extraordinary and her big heart and deep concern for her attacker is what moved people’s hearts and teaches us all a lesson of forgiveness. Now worldwide many countries and places of devoted to St. Maria Goretti.
Maria’s strong beliefs and love that she had for God is what made her a magnificent and extraordinary person, and made her different from others of her own time and age, her attitude of trust in the mystery of God’s recognition that she is not alone. Maria hated sin and her attempt to help Alessandro was because of love and faith in God.


1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Maria cared for others and felt respect towards others, as said she did house chores in the house without being asked and thanked, because she felt love and care toward the people around her. Maria also cared about Alessandro because of her generosity, that is why she prayed for him and forgave him before she died because she cared about him even though he did not.
3. Blessed are the ones who mourn, for they shall be confronted.
Maria suffered and mourned through Alessandro’s attempts to harass her, and the loss of her father had depressed her before and had hurt her too. When she was stabbed by Alessandro she suffered practically a day before her soul left the earth. Maria also witnessed the suffering of others in her family while she saw them cry over her crumbled body and that also made her suffer even more.
4. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
The most important reason that made Maria a really magnificent person was how much merciful she’d been to her killer, Alessandro. She had prayed for him, her mercy was what changed Alessandro wholeheartedly and afterwards when he was released from the prison, he was a changed man.
5. Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the children of God.
When Maria was physically attacked by Alessandro she fought against his physical abuse to save herself, to make peace between them and make him know that he was doing a sin. As defined Maria was trying to create an environment involving discourage and opposed to approaching conflict with physical and physiological force, she prayed with her force and physical force.
6. Blessed are the ones who are persecuted for the sake of unrighteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The young, beautiful, and God loving Maria Goretti had a willingness to stand for her beliefs in the face of being persecuted, or suffer hardship for what is believed to be right. She was cruelly persecuted and stabbed with a knife 14 times by Alessandro, because she fought against him and said what she believed to be right, but yet she suffered almost a day before dying because she cried out and stood up for herself against his attempts.
Beatitudes and the world of today.
Reflecting back on the life of St. Maria Goretti we understand that she was a fierce, brave, beautiful, and intelligent young girl who was persecuted for standing up for what she believed in against her neighbour’s awful ideas. We understand that she symbolizes almost all of the beatitudes and she had a very well happy life until a young man turned dark and consequences followed his actions for the lovely Maria.

What her sad and amazing story teaches us is that we need the Beatitudes in our life in order to work ad respond well in the community and society we live in. The Beatitudes teach us manors and lessons of life to know how to behave in the right time and what to do to make ourselves and our Lord happy. Maria forgave her attacker because she was merciful and poor in spirit, despite being persecuted for the sake of unrighteousness she still did. That made her heart oure and her soul cleaner than ever before and she changed her attacker’s dark soul and saved him, in the process she was happy, God was pleased, and Alessandro too as a changed man.

The beatitudes help us respond well in our society in the best way and keep our souls clean and others as well, without the Beatitudes no one would care for another and there would be a chaos as souls turn dark and everything gets wrecked. We need the Beatitudes to behave well in our society.


Work sited
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=180
http://www.elizabethannseton.org/biography-elizabeth-ann-seton
http://www.mariagoretti.org/mariabio.htm
http://www.jesuschristsavior.net/Beatitudes.html
By: Sevda Montakhaby
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