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Saint Rita

Rita was born in 1381 in Roccaporena, a village of Cascia in province of Perugia, by Antonio Lotti and Amata Ferri. Her parents were very devout and the economic situation was decorous and calm.

Life

The history of Saint Rita was full of extraordinary events. She was a baby in the crib when in the country, while her parents were working, she was surrounded by a swarm of bees. These bugs covered her without stinging her. A peasant, who had hurt himself and was running for help, came to the small basket where Rita was. As he saw the bees around the baby tried to drive them away but, with great astonishment, as he shook his arms the wound was completely healed.

The tradition tells us that Rita had a premature religious vocation and that an Angel came to her every time she staid on her own to pray in a small attic.

Saint Rita accept to marry

Rita would have wished to become nun, but her parents, when she was thirteen, promised her in spouse to Paul Ferdinand Mancini, a well known man for his brutal character. S. Rita obeyed and got married to the young soldier when she was about 17-18-een that is around to 1387-1388.

From her wedding two sons, Giangiacomo Antonio and Paul Maria, were born. Rita looked after them with love and tenderness and she succeeded with her tender love and patience to modify her husband’s character.

The marriage was tragically broken after 18 years by the murder of the husband.

The forgiveness

Rita was very upset because of the atrocious event, and prayed God asking Him for the forgiveness of the murders of her husband.
At the same time Saint Rita made any afford in order for pacification, as her sons wanted revenge. As she realised that her sons would never forgive, Rita prayed God and offered Him their life in order to avoid them to kill. "They would die less than one year from their father’s death. When Saint Rita remained alone, she was about 30 years old and she felt again the desire to follow her ancient vocation.

Saint Rita becomes nun

Rita asked to go into the S. Maria Maddalena Monastery, but she was refused three times because she was the widow of a murdered man.
The legend says that Saint Rita succeeded and met her goal thanks to the intercession of Saint John the Baptist, S. Augustin and S. Nicholas from Tolentino. They helped her to fly from the "Rock" until the Convent of Cascia in an unknown way. The nuns convinced by the prodigious and by her smile, welcomed her and there Rita remained for 40 years always in the prayer.

The singular miracle of the thorn

It was the Saint Friday of 1432. Saint Rita came back to the convent deeply upset, as she had heard a preacher reminding with ardour the suffering of the death of Jesus and stood praying in front of the cross in contemplation. Full of love S. Rita asked Jesus to share His suffering at least partially. The wonder happened: S. Rita was pierced by a thorn of the crown of Jesus, which hurt him at the forehead. It was an endless pang. S. Rita had the plague for 15 years as a seal of love.

Life of suffering

For Rita the last 15 years were of endless suffering, her perseverance in the prayer made her to spend also 15 days without talking to anyone except for God", Moreover she always wore the cilice causing her suffering, and in particularly she submitted her body to many mortifications: she slept on the floor until she became ill during the last few years of her life.

The prodigious of the rose

Approximately 5 months after Rita’s death, a day of winter with the rigid temperature and snow covered every thing, a relative asked her what she would desire. The Saint answered that she would desire a rose of if she wished some thing, Rita answered that she would wish a rose from her garden. Come back to Roccaporena the relative went into the garden and she was very astonished when she saw a very beautiful rose bloomed; she I o in the small garden and large it was the wonder when it saw a very beautiful rose bloomed, picked and gave it to Rita.

So Saint Rita became the Saint of the "Thorn" and the Saint of the "Rose".

Saint Rita before closing definitively her eyes had the vision of Jesus and of Virgin Mary who invited her in Paradise. One of her sisters saw her soul going up to the sky accompanied by the Angels and at the same time the bells of the church began to ring, while a very gentle scent spread in the Monastery and from her room a luminous light was shining as the sun had entered the room. It was 22nd May 1447

Saint Rita from Cascia has been beatified 180 years after her death and was called Saint 453 years after her death.

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