St. Rita of Cascia - Saint of the Impossible (Wife, Mother , Widow, and Nun) [1381- 1457]
For centuries St. Rita of Cascia has been one of the most popular saints in the Catholic Church. She is known as the "Saint of the Impossible" because of her amazing answers to prayer as well as the remarkable events of her own life.
St. Rita was born in the small village of Rocco Porrena about three miles from Cascia, in the province of Umbria, Italy, in the year 1381, during the pontificate of Pope Urban VI.
Just four days after her birth, her pious parents, named her Rita, after God had revealed to them that He desired that she be named Rita, a name till then unknown to the world, and the child was baptized in St. Mary's, the parish church of Cascia, as at the time there was no baptismal font in the church in Rocco Porrena.
Shortly after Rita had received the Sacrament of Baptism, God affirmed by a special miracle, that her name was not of human invention, but rather of heavenly origin.
The day after her baptism, then fifth after her birth, a swarm of bees, white as snow, was noticed hovering and buzzing around the sweet angelic face of little Rita, as she lay sleeping in her cradle.
The bees alighted on her lips and were seen to enter and issue forth from her partially opened mouth, without harming her or causing her to awaken from her slumber.
All who witnessed this prodigy were unable to explain it, and in later years Rita made known the meaning of this mystery by the unique sweetness and simplicity of her manner and by the eminent sanctity of her marvelous life. The bees were also a mysterious foreshadow of Rita's future Beatification that was to take place during the reign of Urban VIII.
This prodigy of the bees, after four centuries, still exists in the small swarm of bees that now dwell in a small fissure in the convent wall, midway between the cell St. Rita occupied and the place of her sepulchre.
Their color is not white, as some have said, but that of the common bee, except the back which is dark red, and they have no sting.
The bees live retired the greater part of the year, but leave their tiny abode during the last few days of Holy Week and return for the feast of St. Rita.
Under the watchful care of her pious parents, Antonia Mancini and Amata Ferri, who jealously and lovingly watched over the child they regarded as a gift from heaven, little Rita Mancini began to be a saint from the moment of her Baptism, for scarcely had she come to the use of reason than she became the possessor of an innocence and purity which were really marvelous in one so young.
Little Rita Mancini at an early age took no pleasure in children's games or toys, and in spite of this she had many friends among the children of Rocca Porrena, and even though as a rule she took no part in their games, she took pleasure in seeing her friends enjoying themselves.
As Rita grew older, she would prefer to retire to a remote corner of the house to pray and contemplate the divine mysteries, particularly the Passion of Jesus Christ, a devotion she had inherited from he pious parents.
One of little Rita's chief delights was to go to church with her parents and when she entered the church would seek out the most retired place, where she recited the Angelic Salutation, which she knew by heart.
Little Rita had a great devotion and love for the poor, for while at table she would preserve one portion the family meal for herself, and the rest for some poor child of the neighborhood.
The people of Rocca Porrena, when they saw how different Rita Mancini was from the other children of the hamlet, and when they saw as she grew older, her life becoming more holy, respected and revered her as a person grown old in virtue, the mothers of Rocca Porrena, continually reminded their own daughters to look to Rita as their model.
The fame of little Rita's holy life became known and spoken of in many of the towns and villages of Umbria.
The little child, who appeared to be a little angel living in the world, yet immune to its imperfections and corruption was a cause of joy to the inhabitants of her humble birthplace, and predicted by the swarm of white bees around her cradle entering and issuing from her sweet mouth.
Already a model of innocence and purity, and though still a child, it was Rita's ardent desire to live a solitary life in some hidden cave or grotto where she might pass her days in prayer and contemplation, because she desired to be alone with God.
However her love and obedience to her aged parents, whom she felt would oppose this, hindered the fulfillment of her holy desire.
She spent one whole year in seclusion in a retired part of the house, meditating on the sorrowful mysteries of the Passion of Jesus Christ, and at the end of that year saw her parents needed her constant aid and assistance, especially her mother.
Having spent a few years employed in the duties of housekeeper, Rita arrived at the age when young girls, especially in Italy, are accustomed to chose their future state in life.
At the age of twelve, she made her choice, consulting no one but God as it was her desire to consecrate her virginity to God.
Rita, made it known to her parents her determination and obtain their permission.
When her parents, Antonio Mancini and Amata Ferri heard of her desire they were overcome with sadness, but quickly Rita agreed to remain at home and assist them in their old age.
In spite of Rita's promise to remain at home to comfort and assist her parents, this in no way weakened her determination to preserve her virginity, which she already desired to consecrate to God, and seeing that there was little hope of embracing the religious state while her parents were living, she resolved never to embrace the married state.
Having made this resolution, Rita's heart was filled with consolation and joy, but this did not last long, for her filial love and obedience were soon to be put to a further test, for her parents, Antonio Mancini and Amata Ferri, overjoyed that their daughter had given up the idea of entering a convent, now determined that she should enter the married state.
The unexpected announcement of her parents brought tears to Rita's eyes and nearly broke her heart. When Rita had recovered herself a little, with dove-like simplicity she said to her parents: "My parents, I do not wish any spouse but Jesus Christ. Years ago I dedicated my whole body, soul and heart to His love and holy service. Because you wished it, I gave my promise not to enter a convent. I fell sure without embracing the married state, that I will be able to console and comfort you, and provide for all your necessities, until God calls you to a better and happier home."
But Antonio and Amata had made up their minds and turned a deaf ear to the heartfelt words of their daughter, who judged that further words would be useless, retired to the isolation of her beloved oratory. fell on her knees and raising her eyes with confidence to the crucifix, asked her crucified Lord and the Queen of Angels and Virgins to obtain for her from God the lights which would prove most acceptable to His divine majesty and conducive to her soul's salvation.
It is very certain her fervent prayers were heard by God, who soothed and consoled her aching and troubled heart. As soon as Rita had learned that it was the will of God, that she should submit to the will of her parents, and that she would please God more by her submission than by following her own will, she resolve there and then, to obey her parents.
We may believe that God made known to His servant, Rita, that she should conform and submit her will to the will of her parents, and that by doing so, she would obey His holy will without losing any of the merits already gained by the ardent desire of consecrating her virginity to Him as the sole Lord and Spouse of her heart and soul.
Rita returned to her parents and prostrating herself at their feet, and humbly asked their pardon for the repugnance she had shown to their will, and told them she was willing to embrace whatever state of life they wished her to enter.
To Be Continued ...
PRAYER TO ST. RITA
Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, whose pleadings before the Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favors hast been called the Advocate of the Hopeless and even of the Impossible; St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified, so patient and of such compassionate love for thy Crucified Jesus that thou couldst obtain from Him whatsoever thou askest, on account of which all confidently have recourse to thee, expecting, if not always relief, at least comfort; be propitious to our petition, showing thy power with God, for the spreading of thy own devotion, and for the consolation of those who trust in thee.
We promise, if our petition is granted, to glorify thee by making known thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then on thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee (here mention your request).
Obtain for us our request
By the singular merits of they childhood,
By thy perfect union with the Divine Will,
By thy heroic sufferings during thy married life,
By the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy husband,
By the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God,
By thy miraculous entrance into the convent,
By thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings,
By the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the thorn of thy Crucified Saviour,
By that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, on which alone thou didst exist four years,
By the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join thy Divine spouse,
By the perfect example thou dist give to people of every state of life.
Pray for us, O St. Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY
O God, Who in Thine infinite tenderness hast vouchsafed to regard the prayer of Thy servant, blessed Rita, and dost grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts, in reward for her compassionate love and firm reliance on Thy promises; have pity upon our adversity and succor us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee: Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. AMEN.
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