Novena to St. Rita, Saint of Impossible Causes
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Novena to St. Rita of Cascia

Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 13 May and ending on 21 May, the eve of the Feast of St. Rita.

O holy protectress of those who art in greatest need, thou who shineth as a star of hope in the midst of darkness, blessed Saint Rita, bright mirror of God's grace, in patience and fortitude thou art a model of all the states in life. I unite my will with the will of God through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ, and in particular through his patient wearing of the crown of thorns, which with tender devotion thou didst daily contemplate. Through the merits of the holy Virgin Mary and thine own graces and virtues, I ask thee to obtain my earnest petition, provided it be for the greater glory of God and my own sanctification. Guide and purify my intention, O holy protectress and advocate, so that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins and the grace to persevere daily, as thou didst in walking with courage, generosity, and fidelity down the path of life. (Mention your intentions here)

Saint Rita, advocate of the impossible, pray for us.
Saint Rita, advocate of the helpless, pray for us.

Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times.
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:pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:
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I love St. Rita very much.

She's a saint I'm particularly devoted to.
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(05-13-2010, 05:30 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: I love St. Rita very much.

She's a saint I'm particularly devoted to.

i'm 100% with you on both counts.

for anyone who wants to know more about St. Rita of Cascia, here is a biography and a longer novena with litany to St. Rita from the National Shrine to St. Rita in Philadelphia, PA:

http://www.saintritashrine.org/ritalife.htm#Rita

lots more info here:

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-rita-of-cascia/




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She had an abusive husband, and for the shake of her children and for the shake of the sanctity of the marriage she endured the abuses until the  death of her husband .

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(05-14-2010, 07:20 AM)glgas Wrote: She had an abusive husband, and for the shake of her children and for the shake of the sanctity of the marriage she endured the abuses until the  death of her husband .

and she only married him out of obedience to her parents.  she really wanted to be a nun from an early age.  after her husband was murdered by his enemies and her children both died, she applied for admission to the convent but the augustinian nuns told her they didn't accept widows.  she persevered and they finally accepted her, getting themselves a saint in the process.  she had the stigmata in the form of a wound on her forehead caused by a thorn from Christ's crown of thorns and it was a real trial as it festered and stank horribly.  her body is still incorrupt and has been reported to open its eyes and to levitate to the top of the glass coffin at times.  there were miracles associated with her during her lifetime, too.  truly an amazing saint.


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(05-14-2010, 07:58 AM)i.p.i. Wrote: truly an amazing saint.

Yes. When I was child she was considered the patron Saint of abused women. One of my uncles was cantor in a Church dedicated to her.
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(05-14-2010, 07:58 AM)i.p.i. Wrote: she really wanted to be a nun from an early age.  after her husband was murdered by his enemies and her children both died, she applied for admission to the convent but the augustinian nuns told her they didn't accept widows.  she persevered and they finally accepted her, getting themselves a saint in the process.

St. Rita actually flew at night from her home to the convent. It was impossible to get in without permission since the place was inexpugnable. This incredible miracle convinced the nuns of the will of God.
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day 3 of the novena

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