紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Rita de Cascia, Religious
Born in the town of Roccaporena in the province of Umbria, Italy, St. Rita (1381-1457) was married and raised two sons. After the murder of her husband, she urged forgiveness rather than the customary vendetta. She was denied entrance to the Augustinian convent because of the threat of violent revenge by her husband’s relatives. Through her intercession a promise of forgiveness and peace was secured, and she began forty years of austerities, contemplation, and service to the sick and poor. Toward the end of her life, she bore a wound as from a thorn after having heard a sermon about the Crown of Thorns.
Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord,
the wisdom 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 in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
English text: Daily Roman Missal, 2011