This just has to be about the worst feast in the Church's year. It is perfectly horrible. What is there to celebrate about St Maria Goretti? Yes she attained the twin crowns of Virginity and Martyrdom, yes she forgave her attacker, but......ought we feel guilty or ashamed if we couldn't follow her example, if we chose to live and submit to the assault rather than fight it to the death?
What about those countless children systematically raped by family members; childhood lost in a web of blackmail, lies and violence. Is not their determination to live worthy? Is not their daily battle (every day for the rest of their lives), a battle of scars that won't heal, wrestling with self-hatred and disgust, and freaked out by "normality", worthy of a crown. Is not their endurance a form of slow martyrdom?
Forgiving your assailant on your deathbed, shortly after your ordeal is worthy. Living on for decades in the same neighbourhood as your attacker is heroic. Making a mess of your life and battling self-abusive behaviour because you've got no self worth and struggle with sexual relations as a result of your childhood experiences, is utterly tragic. But any act of love, performed by such an individual, moved by the love of God to perform heroic acts of charity, is a pearl beyond price. Such people are living saints and even if they can't be canonised, they deserve a voice.