has recently announced 6 young lay women who are
being considered for canonization. Two
are martyrs- an example to all young women today that one can be “a normal
youth”, yet still be in love with the Lord and willing to die for Him. They
were born a year apart and died a year apart. Vatican
The first young woman is SERVANT of GOD SANTA SCORESE who was born in
and murdered in 1991. Santa attended university studying education. She Santa was very active in Christian apostolate and
also worked with the Red Cross, especially involved with children who had suffered from polio and muscular dystrophy. Bari,
She also became a member of the Focolare Movement and became a "Gen". In 1985, at the age of 17, she went to
to the Genfest, the gathering of the members of the movement of Servant of God Chiara Lubich (foundress). Rome
Santa lived the Gospel by dedicating her life to the poor, the suffering, the lonely, making herself completely available to others. She was a member of the pastoral council, taught catechism and sang in the choir and participates with commitment in the initiatives of the Catholic Action.
Available to others, understanding of friends and ready to help those in difficulty, she became a reference point for everyone.
At first she decided to consecrate herself to Christ and to the Immaculate Conception at the Institute of the Missionaries of the Immaculate "Father Kolbe" of
but over time she felt called to live in a very personal way her relationship
with the Lord, and to continue her commitments to study and live a Christian
life at home. Bologna
Meanwhile, a deranged young man begins to undermine her, persecute her, threaten her. For several years he does not give her respite, he follows her everywhere, phones her, and threatens her, all of which takes away her serenity.
Late in the evening of Friday 15th March 1991, upon returning from a catechesis meeting, the irreparable happens. Sheltered by the night, that young man waits for her under the door of the house and beats her to death.
|With parents and sister|
Santa was no different from any other girl. She loved life, yet was extraordinarily eager to seek after the "Truth”. She fought an "inner struggle", alternating serenity and sweetness with lack of feeling and desolation. Her struggle was full of questions, graduated achievements and awareness leading to the joy and the increasing gratitude to the Lord who loves without reservations.
Santa wrote on December 30th, 1988: "Oh my God, I am in front of You, your power and your boundless love. Thank you! You called me and I answered; now I can see all great things You have done and You still do every day in myself. Little by little You are reaching the bottom of my heart and my soul looks for You every time it needs to revive.
|With friends (in middle)|
Please, teach me to love, to be a kindhearted person for You and all the world.
Let me sing my Magnificat reminding everything You have done in myself and allow me to walk with Our Lady along the way leading to the endless life!"
She was longing to involve most people in her Love for Christ.
"Thank You for loving me, for making me feel Your presence in me. I’m experiencing Your love in sorrow and in joy. Really, I feel I’m growing up, but the most beautiful observation is that I’m doing it with You."
Diary: 10th August 1986