Rita of the Mission Impossible

Posted May 22, 2019 9:14 pm by Catholic Insight

Rita of the Mission Impossible

There are two saints of impossible or desperate causes – Saint Jude, one of the Twelve, and today’s Saint Rita of Cascia (+1457). Although she wanted to enter religious life, Rita was married off to an irascible, abusive, philandering, feud-fighting nobleman, Paolo Mancini, at the tender age of twelve (things were different back then), bearing him two sons, and, with patience, long-suffering, and heroic virtue, she softened him over the years, so that he became almost pleasant, giving up his vendettas. When he was stabbed to death after about two decades of what we shall not presume to describe as

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