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Three years later, on June 24, 1950, Maria was declared a saint and Alessandro was present in the St. He later became a laybrother of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, where he lived in a monastery and worked as its receptionist and gardener until his death.Saint Maria is called a martyr because she fought against Alessandro's attempts at sexual sin; however, the most important aspects of her story are how she forgave her attacker - her concern for her enemy extending even beyond death - and the miracle her forgiveness produced in his life.Maria's mother, brothers, and sisters worked in the fields while she cooked, sewed, kept the house clean, and watched her youngest sister Teresa.Though the family's circumstances were extremely difficult, they were very close and loved God.On July 5, 1902, Maria was sitting outside the steps of her home sewing her 18-year-old brother or neighbor -it is unclear which - Alessandro's shirt while he threshed beans in the barnyard.As she concentrated on her sewing, Alessandro surprised her and grabbed her from her steps.
He also admitted he had attempted to persuade her to accompany him to bed on several occasions in the past and had attempted to rape her before.When he tried to rape her, Maria cried that it was a mortal sin and warned he would go to hell. " At her words, Alessandro began to choke her and she said she would rather die than submit.When Alessandro persisted, she fought him and screamed, "No! Upon hearing her words, Alexander pulled out a knife and stabbed her eleven times.She died that day while looking upon an image of the Virgin Mary and holding a cross to her chest.Shortly after Maria's family discovered her, Alexander was captured and questioned.