For almost 20 years, Rita (Born Margherita Lotti) patiently prayed for the conversion of her husband, who persistently abused her. After her husband was murdered, this saintly woman eventually entered a religious community in the Augustinian tradition. Rita died on this day in 1457 and was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1900.
Whatever our primary vocations may be, Rita’s example demonstrates prayerful long-suffering we would do well to imitate. But, in particular, those experiencing trouble in their marriages find a friend in this powerful intercessor. Let us ask St. Rita to intervene at the throne of God for all those struggling with difficult situations in their married life.
St. Rita, pray for us!