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St. Rita of Cascia

Fr. Walter Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

May 22, 1998
   
 

Gen 28: 12-15                                                                                                                              

SAM = St Augustine Monastery  Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

ONE OF THE GREATEST GLORIES of the Augustinian Order is...St. Rita, who died 560

 years ago on May 22, 1456. She was declared a BLESSED in 1626 AD & became world

 famous only after she was Canonized a Saint in 1900 AD. 

 

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK of Genesis, the 1st Book of the Bible - Gen 28: 12-15

Jacob has a dream about a Ladder that reaches from the Earth up to Heaven.  Our

 Life is like a Pilgrimage.  We are climbing our own Ladder up to Heaven...with the

 help of God’s Grace.

 

ST. RITA’S LADDER was a long, varied & difficult one.  She has the unique distinction of

having lived all the possible states of Life...Single, Married, & Religious. She was born

in Roccaporena, Cascia, Italy around 1380 AD.  Instead of entering a Convent as she

 wished her Parents arranged her Marriage as was the custom of the time.  She was

 only 18 years.

 

RITA WAS A GOOD WIFE & MOTHER, but her husband had a violent temper....& was

 murderd before her two sons could take revenge, she prayed that they be taken

 from her rather than give in to the evil pit of revenge.  Soon afterwards they both

died.  Then at age 44, since she was free, she tried to enter the Convent three times

 but was refused because only the unmarried were eligible at that time.

 

FINALLY, SHE WAS ACCEPTED into the Augustinian Convent of St Mary Magdalena

 of Cascia where she spent the next 30 years living a Holy, Dedicated, Cloistered Life

 as a Religious of Christ.  She had great devotion to the Passion of Christ.  By God’s

 favor she was given the STIGMATA...a Thorn in her forehead...a festering painful

 wound which she endured for the last 15 years of her Life.  She died during the night

 of Saturday May 22, 1456 AD.

 

WE CAN ALL LEARN from the Life of St. Rita.  She overcame many difficulties with Love,

Patience & Charity.  She was a Peacemaker & a Healer of Division ....& had great Love for

Christ.

                              PRAY TO ST. RITA AND SHE WILL INTERCEDE FOR YOU.  

                                SHE HAS HELPED COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF PEOPLE. 

                       SHE WILL HELP YOU TOO & WILL OBTAIN GOD’S GRACES FOR YOU

                                      AND SHE WILL HELP YOU GET INTO HEAVEN            

   
 
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