By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/22/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Today is the feast day of St. Rita, who is the patroness of impossible causes, especially rough marriages and cases of domestic abuse.
St. Rita is the patron saint of difficult causes.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - St. Rita had a hard life. As a child she asked her parents to enter a convent, but they arranged a marriage to her instead. Her husband was abusive and confrontational and after many long years of marriage he was murdered in a fight with another man. By the grace of God and Rita's prayers her husband repented before he died.
Her two sons also died young, leaving Rita alone. Despite the tragedy, Rita was now able to enter the convent. While there she was admired for her prayer life and according to legend she asked to share in the suffering of Christ and she was given a partial stigmata on her forehead which would often bleed.
St. Rita, patroness of impossible causes, aid us who call to you!
After her death, many miracles were attributed to Rita and she was canonized in 1900.
The difficult nature of her life before the convent led to her understanding of what women endure at the hands of those who abuse them. The salvation of her husband by virtue of her intercession also makes her a symbol of hope for women who pray to improve their marriages.
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