St. Rita Patron of Impossible Causes
Figurine comes nicely displayed in a clear fronted box with the the Story of the saint on the outside and a prayer card inside.
As a young girl, Rita was very interested in joining Augustinian nuns at Cascia and devoting her life to Christ. However, at age 12 she was betrothed and for nearly 20 years, she was married to an abusive man who mistreated her often. Her husband died at the hands of enemies, and although Rita’s sons were initially intent upon avenging their father’s death, their hearts were changed because of their mother’s prayers. After the death of her husband and subsequent deaths of her sons, Rita again felt a calling to religious life. Because some of the sisters were relatives of her husband’s murderers, Rita was denied entry, out of concern that her admission would disrupt the religious community. As with all of the challenges of her life, Rita responded with fervent prayer. Her petitions were answered with a peace that allowed Rita to enter the monastery of St. Mary Magdalen. For 40 years, Sister Rita spent her time in prayer and charity and working for a lasting peace in the region. She was devoted to the Passion, and prayed to suffer as Christ did. In response, by a crown of thorns, and which bled for 15 years. Because she saw her dreams denied and fulfilled through faith and prayer, St. Rita is the patron of desperate and seemingly impossible situations.
Feast Day: May 22
Prayer in honor of St. Rita
O God, who didst vouchsafe to communicate to great grace to Saint Rita that she imitated Thine example in the love of enemies and bore in her heart and on her countenance the sacred marks of Thy love and passion: grant, we beseech Thee by her merits and intercession, that we may love our enemies and ever contemplate with deep contrition the sorrows of Thy Passion: Who livest and reignest world without end.
Material: Stone / Resin Mix
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