It’s the Feast of St Rita today.
Now I have grown fond of her over the years. She is a patron of ‘lost causes,’ officially, because so many seemingly impossible things happened to her during her lifetime. Unofficially, I kind of consider her a patron saint of marriages and persevering during rocky times. Her husband was a rough tough man, reportedly mean and ill-tempered; involved in all sorts of sketchy dealings and questionable conduct. Through Rita’s constant prayer and kindness, she eventually “converted her cruel husband from his wicked ways, making their home a peaceful sanctuary of holy bliss.” (from a bio). So, she must also have had some real inner strength and savvy on knowing how to stand her ground and be strong and assertive but in a loving manner…which we all need to work on, right?
Marriage and living a holy life is a challenge, every day. St Rita gives us a patron who ‘gets it.” I’m sure she is a great intercessor, for marriages, for challenges, for those impossible causes. She ultimately entered religious life; surely her skills at conflict resolution and mediation and strength in prayer was an asset in the convent too. So, I like her. You might too, she’s an old saint, but a goodie. If you have any ‘lost causes’ or struggles, she might be a good one to hit up for a little extra prayer on your behalf.
St Rita, pray for us!