Sunday, April 18, 2010

St. Rita of Cascia (1381 to May 22, 1457)

It saddens me that there are so many women that are abused by their husbands or boyfriends. And, there's no way out for some of them, no matter how hard they try. Maybe they don't have enough money or there are children involved. Still, even if they do manage to escape, there are those men that will continue to harrass or try to destroy their lives.
I want these women to know that they are not alone and that help is out there if they ask. St. Rita of Cascia can help, too. She is the patron saint of abused women and lost and impossible causes.
She was born in 1381 in Roccaporena, Perugia, Italy. At age 12, her parents forced her into an arranged marriage with Paolo Mancini. Despite her begging to join a convent, St. Rita of Cascia was abused, beaten, and cheated on by her husband. They had two sons.
Finally, one of Paolo Mancini's enemies stabbed him to death. Luckily, a short time before, he repented for his sins. Rita of Cascia's sons hunted for the murderer, however, she was able to intercede with her prayers to stop them.
St. Rita of Cascia became an Augustine nun and died in Cascia on May 22, 1457. She was canonized in 1900. If you are reading this and are an abuse victim or feel hopeless, please pray to her. She will help you.

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