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Saint Rita is also known as Margarita, an, Augustinian nun. Saint Ritas feast day is 22 May. Saint Rita was born in 1381 in Roccaporena, near Spoleto, Italy. Saint Rita was born to parents Antonio Lotti and Amata Ferri (Catholic Online).
Saint Rita's early life had been a hard one. There isn't much information on the young childhood of Saint Rita, but we do know that even from Saint Rita's early life she always knew she wanted to be a nun. At the age of twelve Saint Rita's elderly parents married her to a nobleman (which was common practice at the time for parents to do) named Paolo Mancini. Her husband was an ill-tempered, brutal and abusive man towards Saint Rita and towards others. Saint Rita and her husband had two sons by the names of Giangiacomo (or Giovanni) Antonio and Paulo Maria. Their sons grew up to be just like their father. Her husband died in a brawl, but before he did Rita prayed to God and asked him to make her husband repent. Before he died her husband repented to the Lord and Saint Rita for everything he did (Butler 309). Their marriage lasted eighteen years (Catholic Online). Their sons promised to avenge their father's death (their uncle on their father's side provoked them), but before they got a chance Saint Rita prayed to God asking him to kill her sons rather than let them be full of sin and have their souls go to Hell. God answered Saint Rita's prayer. Before they died they repented and forgave their father's offender. Saint Rita lived for eighteen years with her husband before he died. After Saint Rita was widowed she went to the Augustinian Convent (Convent of Mary Magdalene in Cascia), and asked to become a nun, but they turned her down because she was a widow and not a virgin. Finally, however in 1413, at the age of thirty-two Saint Rita was accepted into the Augustinian Convent (Butler 309).
Later in life Saint Rita performed many miracles. Saint Rita gained a reputation for her austerity, faithfulness, prayer life, humility, love and charity. Saint Rita healed many sick or injured nuns and counseled and instructed lay people who came to her monastery. Saint Rita is also associated with the Crown of Thorns or stigmata ("Saint Rita", Franciscan Media). According to Butler she is also represented by the rose, fig. During Saint Rita's dying illness, Saint Rita asked a friend to bring her a rose from the friend's garden, fully aware that it was not the flower's growing season. The friend went, not expecting to find the flower, but there was one on the otherwise barren bush. When her friend had retrieved it for her, she then asked for two figs, and the friend found them in the garden on a leafless tree and retrieved them for her (Butler, 310). This rose bush is still alive today and is often in bloom. It is often thought that the rose represented God's love for Rita and her ability to intercede for lost or impossible causes (Catholic Online). Another miracle was when Saint Rita asked God to allow her to bear the same sufferings as Jesus had. God answered and Saint Rita received stigmata (in the form of Jesus' Crown of Thorns), which bled for 15 years. Saint Rita died 22 May 1457 at the Augustinian Convent of tuberculosis (or a wasting disease). Saint Rita was about seventy-six years of age when she died. Saint Rita was beatified on October 1, 1627 by Pope Urban VII. She was the first woman to be canonized during the Great Jubilee at the beginning of the 20th century. On May 24, 1900 she was canonized by Pope Leo XIII. Saint Rita has a number of prayers and hymns in her honor as well ("Saint Rita").
Saint Rita is the patroness of many things. Her patronages for people include: widows, wounded people, abuse victims, sick people, and sterile people ("Saint Rita"). Catholic Online states she is also the patron saint of mourning people (Catholic Online). Saints.SQPN.com states that she is the patron saint of victims of physical spouse abuse, parents, and wounded people. She is patroness of different causes including desperate causes, forgotten causes, impossible causes and lost causes. She is the patroness of various places; Cascia, Italy, Dalayap, Philippines and Igbaras, Philippines. In addition, she is the patron over difficult marriages and bodily illnesses ("Saint Rita"). In Spain Saint Rita is known as La Santa de los Impossible, which means The Saint of the Impossible (Catholic Online).
I admire the faithfulness and suffering she offered to the Lord and her passion for helping others. Someday, I wish to be like Saint Rita, because even though she suffered through many things, she loved God above all else and respected others, and hoped for the best for them no matter who they were. I think Saint Rita is a perfect role model to everyone here on Earth because of her love, humility and faithfulness to the Lord. You are able to see that Saint Rita had a very healthy spiritual life with God because you can see the nine fruits of the Spirit found in Isaiah 11:2-3.Saint Rita displayed these fruits when, she loved God and others, had peace in God's will, showed patience towards others, was joyful in the Lord, she generously devoted her life to God, she showed self-control in physical matters, she was gentle and meek towards the needs of others, she was faithful to God no matter the challenges and she was kind to everyone no matter who they were. I chose Saint Rita because she is the patron saint of impossible causes. I saw how faithful she is to God and how to devoted she is to helping others and putting them above herself no matter the circumstances.