St. Rita Of Cascia
St. Rita (Margarita) after eighteen years of married life, lost, by death, her husband and her two sons. Called afterward to the religious life, she professed the Rule of St. Augustine at Cascia. In a lifelong and terrible malady her patience, cheerfulness, and union by prayer with Almighty God, never left her. She is the saint of “Impossible Cases.”
I am the flower of the field, and the lily of the valley. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the
daughters. — Epistle, Book of Wisdom
The Imitation of Christ
But they that love Jesus for Jesus’ sake, and not for the sake of some consolation of their own, bless Him no less in tribulation and anguish of heart than in the greatest consolation.
The mother of a family, Rita lost by death her husband and her two sons. She then entered an order of Augustinian Nuns and lived there in great sanctity. She suffered intensely from a miraculous wound in her forehead. Devotion to St. Rita has been revived in the past century.
Pray for courage when sufferings come, and for resignation in difficulties. Try to learn to take things as they come. You must anyway, you might as well be gaining merit by doing so.
Be ye lords or emperors, the world keeps turning regardless of your wishes.