Quote/s of the Day – 22 May – St Rita of Cascia (1386-1457) Mother, Widow, Stigmatist, Consecrated Religious, Mystic
Saint Rita (1381-1457) was born at Cascia in Umbria, Italy.
At the age of twelve she was forced to marry an ill-tempered nobleman, who was a heavy cross to her for many years.
After his death she joined the Augustinian nuns.
Our Lord sealed His love for her by piercing her brow with a thorn from His sacred Crown.
Saint Rita is almost without equal as the shining model of the unmarried, of wives and mothers and of religious.
Her Patronage extends to Impossible Causes and Wives in Abusive Marriages.
Indulgenced Prayer to St Rita
O God, who didst deign to communicate
so 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.
Indulgence of 300 days, once a day.
Plenary Indulgence on the usual conditions,
if the daily recitation of this prayer is continued for a month.
A Prayer to St Rita
When in Special Need
O powerful St Rita,
rightly called Saint of the Impossible,
I come to you with confidence in my great need.
You know well my trials,
for you yourself were many times burdened in this life.
Come to my aid, speak for me,
pray with me, intercede on my behalf
before the Father.
I know that God has a most generous heart
and that He is a most loving Father.
Join your prayers to mine
and obtain for me the grace I desire
……………… (here mention your request).
You who were so very pleasing to God on earth
and are so much now in Heaven,
I promise to use this favour, when granted,
to better my life, to proclaim God’s Mercy
and to make you more widely known and loved.