This digital art print of Saint Rita is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for anniversaries, new mothers, or people facing seemingly impossible causes.
From the beginning of St. Rita’s life, she was surrounded by the power of the Holy Spirit. The day after her baptism in around 1381 in Italy, a swarm of bees surrounded Rita and went in and out of her mouth without causing her any harm. This, to her family, seemed to mark Rita for a life of holiness.
Despite her holy destiny and her desire to enter a convent, Rita’s parents arranged a marriage for her to a man named Paolo Mancini. Rita entered this unhappy marriage and became a mother at the very young age of twelve. Rita’s husband was unkind to her and to others--he often verbally and physically abused Rita. However, her loving presence and influence, despite his unkindness, eventually caused Paolo to forgive his enemies and become a better man. The forgiveness of his enemies was too late though, as he was killed by members of the rival family.
Instead of falling into despair at the murder of her husband, Rita publicly pardoned her husband’s killers. Her sons were not so forgiving and ended up pursuing a path of vengeance against the rival family. Rita prayed to God to sway her sons away from their murderous plans--even at the cost of their own lives. God answered her prayers because less than a year later, her sons died of dysentery and never fulfilled their plans for revenge.
Rita desired again to enter the convent, but due to the turbulent relationship still existing between her family and their rivals, she was asked to first repair the rift before she would be allowed to become a nun. Rita asked for the intercession of John the Baptist, Augustine of Hippo, and Nicholas of Tolentino, and the feud was eventually over.
As a nun, Rita prayed to God and said, “Please let me suffer like you, Divine Savior.” Her wish was granted when a wound appeared on her forehead as if she had been pierced by Jesus’ crown of thorns. The wound caused her to suffer for the rest of her life, and never healed.
Rita was known to levitate in prayer and once, she asked her cousin to bring her a rose from the garden of her old home--despite it being winter. The cousin was indeed able to bring her a rose despite the fact that roses should not be growing in the middle of winter in Italy. Rita’s body was also found to be incorrupt after her death and burial.
St. Rita is the patron saint of impossible cases, difficult marriages, and parenthood.
- Feast Day: May 22
- Patronage: lost and impossible causes; mothers; sickness; marital problems