As Rita was growing up, her parent happily supported her desire to live a life of prayer and setup an oratory in their home. Although they were reluctant when at age 12, Rita decided to fully dedicate herself to God. They won out and were able to give her in marriage at the age 18 to a impulsive young man.
After 18 years of marriage and 2 sons, Rita lost her devoted husband and shortly after her 2 sons.
One night as Rita was praying she heard her name called out and was transported to another place. This miracle astonished the Augustinian Nuns who received Rita, and soon enrolled her among their number.
St. Rita’s humble life was distinguished by obedience and charity.
After hearing a sermon on the Passion of Christ she kneeled before her crucifix, she asked:[quote]Let me, my Jesus share in Thy suffering, at least of one of Thy thorns.[/quote]
Rita was granted permission to attend the Jubilee at Rome on the condition that her wound was healed. Her miraculous power was recognized once this happened, but the wound then returned when she returned to the monastery.
As St. Rita was dying, she asked for a rose from her old home. Even though it was not the season for roses, there was one waiting in full bloom. For this reason roses are blessed in the Rita’s honor.
As one of the solemn acts of his jubilee, Pope Leo XIII canonized St. Rita on the Feast of the Ascension, May 24, 1900.
Saint Rita is the Patron Saint of Abuse victims & Impossible Causes