May 22, 2024, Feast of St. Rita Cascia, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary,

Today in the United States is the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea. This year the intention includes those impacted by Baltimore Key Bridge tragedy.

Also, today is the Optional Memorial of the Augustinian nun of St. Rita Cascia (1386-1457), Patron saint of the impossible, difficult, and hopeless.

After eighteen years of married life, St. Rita lost her husband and her two sons.

Called afterwards to the religious state, she professed the Rule of St. Augustine at Cascia her native town, in central Italy.

In a life-long and terrible malady her patience, cheerfulness, and union by prayer with almighty God, never failed her.

Jesus imprinted on her brow the mark of a thorn from His crown, which is understood to indicate a partial stigmata.

Known for the efficacy of her prayers, various miracles are attributed to her intercession. At her canonization ceremony, she was bestowed the title of “Patroness of Impossible Causes.”

In many Catholic countries, Rita came to be known as the patroness of abused wives and heartbroken women.

She was canonized in 1900 by Pope Leo XIII.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!
St. Rita Cascia, Pray for Us!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel Amigot |, New York