May 22: ST. RITA OF CASCIA
Patron saint of lost and impossible causes, the sick, wounded, marital problems, abused, of mothers
After the deaths of her husband and sons, St. Rita (1381 – May 22, 1457) desired to enter the monastery of St. Mary Magdalene at Cascia but was turned away. Although the convent acknowledged Rita’s good character and piety, it was afraid of being associated with her due to the scandal of her husband’s violent death. However, she persisted in her cause and was given a condition before the convent could accept her; the difficult task of reconciling her family with her husband’s murderers. She was able to resolve the conflicts between the families and, at the age of 36, was allowed to enter the monastery.
Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, the wisd.om and strength of the Cross, with which you were pleased to endow Saint Rita, so that, suffering in every tribulation with Christ, we may participate ever more deeply in his Paschal Mystery. Who lives and reigns with you.