Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 22: St. Rita

St. Rita

History

Rita begged her parents to let her enter the convent, but they found her a husband instead. Rita did her best to be a good wife and mother, even though her husband frequently got angry and became very mean to her. Whether on purpose or not, he taught their sons to be mean to her, too. Then Rita’s husband was fatally wounded in a fight. Before he died, he became a Christian because of Rita’s prayers. Then Rita spent her days in fasting, prayer and doing good works. In time, she because an Augustinian nun.

Activity

Saint Rita thought that her husband would never believe in Christ, but he did. She also thought she would never become a nun, but that happened too. Now she is a patron saint of impossible causes. Today, ask Saint Rita to pray for the “impossible” thing you’ve been praying for.

Saint Rita, pray for us!

More reading for parents:

National Shrine of Saint Rita