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St. Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian nun of Cascia, Italy, and her austerity, prayerfulness and charity became legendary. She is the patron of impossible cases, difficult marriages, and parenthood. For anyone struggling, these Catholic icons make a meaningful gift.
St. Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian nun of Cascia, Italy, and her austerity, prayerfulness and charity became legendary. She is the patron of impossible cases, difficult marriages, and parenthood.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated his wife. He taught their children his own evil ways.
St. Rita tried to perform her duties faithfully and to pray and receive the sacraments frequently. After nearly twenty years of marriage, her husband was stabbed by an enemy but before he died, he repented because St. Rita prayed for him. Shortly afterwards, her two sons died, and St. Rita was alone in the world.
Prayer, fasting, penances of many kinds, and good works filled her days. She was admitted to the convent of the Augustinian nuns at Cascia in Umbria, and began a life of perfect obedience and great charity. She had a great devotion to the Passion of Christ. "Please let me suffer like Thee, Divine Saviour," she said one day, and suddenly one of the thorns from the crucifix struck her on the forehead. It left a deep wound which did not heal and which caused her much suffering for the rest of her life. She died on May 22, 1457. Her feast day is May 22.
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