A perfect gift for young adults, this mug features St. Maria Goretti, the patron saint of youth and victims of rape. At age 12, Maria was attacked by a neighbor boy, Alexander, who tried to rape her. When Maria said she would rather die than submit, he began stabbing her with a knife. As she lay dying in her hospital bed, Maria forgave Alexander. After her death she appeared to him in a dream, reforming him to a holier life. When Maria was declared a saint in 1950, Alexander was there in the St. Peter's crowd to celebrate her canonization. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950 for her purity as model for youth. One of the most important aspects of her story is her forgiveness of her attacker -- her concern for her enemy extending even beyond death.
The prayer on the mug reads "Through the merits of your martyrdom, obtain for me the grace to turn aside from sin, no matter what the cost, so that one day I may enjoy heaven with you and all the other saints. Amen."
Mug holds 11 ounces. Gift boxed.