BACKGROUND INFORMATION & PRAYER
[Saint Rita is considered to be the saint of difficult or impossible situations]
Saint Rita was born to her parents late in their lives that her own birth seemed to be the first miracle of her life. They brought her up in a spirit of holy gratitude and, by the time she was twelve her love for Jesus was so great that she wanted to become a nun. Her parents were aging and were worried about their daughter being left alone in the world, so they arranged a marriage for her. She became the wife of a violent and abusive man. It was her love for her husband and her prayers that brought him to love God. This was considered an impossible case. Later when her husband died, her two sons wanted to avenge their fathers death. She prayed to God and her prayers were answered. This was considered another impossible case.
Saint Rita is the patroness of impossible causes and circumstances that are deemed hopeless because of her difficult life. Through her various trials God used her in remarkable ways. Even now from heaven she assists those who call upon her for intercession for their own seemingly impossible and hopeless conditions. Her feast day is May 22nd.
PRAYER TO SAINT RITA
O powerful St. Rita, rightly called Saint of the Impossible, I come to you with confidence in my great need. You know well my trials, for you yourself were many times burdened in this life. Come to my help, speak for me, pray with me, intercede on my behalf before the Father. I know that God has a most generous heart and that he is a most loving Father. Join your prayers to mine and obtain for me the grace I desire (here mention your request). You who were so very pleasing to God on earth and are so much so now in heaven, I promise to use this favor, when granted, to better my life, to proclaim God's mercy, and to make you more widely known and loved. Amen.