St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible


St. ritaMay 22 is the feast day of St. Rita.  St. Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian nun from 14th century Italy. She is the patroness of impossible causes and hopeless circumstances because of her difficult and arduous life. Through her trials God used her in remarkable ways, not only while she lived, but now from heaven she assists those who plead for her intercession for their seemingly impossible and hopeless circumstances.

 

From an early age St. Rita desired to become a nun, but her parents insisted that she marry at the age of 12.  St. Rita did so in obedience to them.  Adding to her disappointment, the man she married was cruel and harsh, and she spent 18 years in a very difficult marriage.  Her husband eventually became physically abusive, yet she met his cruelty with kindness and patience.  Two sons were born to her whom she loved deeply. After many years she eventually won her husband over to greater civility and kindness.

 

In the 14th century Italy was rampant with warring families caught in a vicious circle of assassinations and bloody vendettas  (think Romeo and Juliet).  St. Rita’s family was caught up in this strife that was so entrenched in society at that time.  Her husband was murdered as a result of the  infamous rivalry between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines.  St. Rita mourned her husband’s death and interceded for his soul with great earnest.

 

Her two young sons, in keeping with the vice of the day, talked of avenging their father’s death.  St. Rita did all she could to guide her children into forgiveness, but was unable to dissuade them from their evil intentions. Prayer was her only hope. She prayed that God would change the evil swelling up in the hearts of her sons, or allow them to die before they had the chance to commit a mortal sin and in so doing be separated from God forever.  God granted her prayers.  Both of her two sons died within a year in a state of grace; they were prevented from following the evil path of their father.

 

After the death of her husband and her sons, St. Rita was all alone in the world and sought again to enter the convent.  She was turned away because of her family’s association with the civil strife; some of the sisters living in the convent were family relations of the men who were responsible for killing her St-Rita-of-Casciahusband.  To maintain peace, she was denied entry.

 

St. Rita, again facing crushing disappointment and yet another impossible situation, had recourse to prayer and the intercession of the saints.  St. Rita’s sincerity and spirit of charity and forgiveness prevailed and she was eventually granted entry.  She became known as a holy and prayerful nun, often meditating on the sufferings of the crucified Christ.

 

One day, while praying before a crucifix, St. Rita received a visible wound on her forehead.  This was a mystical yet visible mark (stigmata) of Jesus’ wound from the crown of thorns, symbolizing St. Rita’s unity with Christ in his sufferings.  She also enjoyed many mystical experiences with Christ during the forty years she lived in the convent.  She died on May 22 when she was in her seventies.

 

St. Rita certainly had a difficult life, but her heartbreaking circumstances drove her to prayer and helped her to become a holy woman. She began her work of intercession for sinners while she lived, starting with those closest to her heart.  Through her love and prayers she won the grace of conversion for her husband and both her sons.

 

Even though her life was full of sorrows and disappointments, she was consoled by being closely united with Christ.  He did not abandon her; rather He granted her profound and intimate graces.  Now a saint in heaven, St. Rita is the patron of impossible causes, sterility, abuse victims, loneliness, marriage difficulties, parenthood, widows, the sick, bodily ills and wounds.

 

If you are facing a difficult and impossible life circumstance, you can resort to prayer after the example of St. Rita.  Below is a prayer to St. Rita as well as a novena.  You can also find medals, books, and prayer cards associated with St. Rita here, which make great gifts for those similarly facing difficult and heartbreaking life circumstances.

 

Prayer to St. Rita

 

O Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favors hast been called the Advocate of the Hopeless and even of the Impossible; St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified, so patient and of such compassionate love for thy Crucified Jesus that thou couldst obtain from Him whatsoever thou askest, on account of which all confidently have recourse to thee expecting, if not always relief, at least comfort; be propitious to our petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy suppliant; be lavish to us, as thou hast been in so many wonderful cases, for the greater glory of God, for the spreading of thine own devotion, and for the consolation of those who trust in thee.

 We promise, if our petition is granted, to glorify thee by making know thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee grant that [here mention your request].

By the singular merits of thy childhood,
Obtain for us our request.

By thy perfect union with the Divine Will,
Obtain for us our request.

By thy heroic sufferings during thy married life,
Etc.
{repeat Obtain for us our request after each line]
By the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy husband,
By the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God,
By the miraculous entrance into the convent,
By thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings,
By the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the thorn of thy Crucified Savior,
By the Divine love which consumed thy heart,
By that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, 
on which alone thou didst exist for four   years,
By the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join thy Divine Spouse,
By the perfect example thou gavest to people of every state of life.
Pray for us, O holy St. Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

LET US PRAY.

O God, Who in Thine infinite tenderness hast vouchsafed to regard the prayer of Thy servant, Blessed Rita, and dost grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts, in reward of her compassionate love and firm reliance on Thy promise, have pity on our adversity and succor us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

 

Novena to 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 request.]

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 each. 

 


About Gretchen

Gretchen is a recent convert and completely in love with the Catholic faith. She is very active in her parish and has recently joined the Lay Dominicans. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics & currently works on copywriting and social media for The Catholic Company.
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197 Responses to St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible

  1. Dennis says:

    Help me with my marriage fill my heart with love save our marriage and give me peace of mind

  2. Gretchen says:

    Hi Richard, we found the image on the internet, it is not ours. God Bless.

  3. Chridtiana Bakrr says:

    I love praying to the saints

  4. ChristianaBaker says:

    I also found ur page on the internet and ,believe in praying to the saints and also in saying my Rosary every day i hope that my prayers will be answered and also my pitition to st rita

  5. MW says:

    Holy St. Rita
    We need yourhelp again. We need to sell our home quickly for the price we have it listed for..the bank is hounding us toward foreclosure..and if we can sell it, they will back down. This situation has caused much stress to our family. Please intercede for us to find a buyer for our home quickly. We humbly ask this of you., and in return we will continue to praise and glorify you.
    Amen

  6. TL says:

    Holy Saint Rita please intercede for me and help me to live out God’s will. I pray Saint Rita that you help me with the impossible task of trying to save my marriage. I have filed for divorce twice from my husband for the reasons of drugs and lies. I’m having a tough time right now because it did take a vow for better for worse and I feel like if God gave me one more chance with him perhaps I could make it work forever this time. We have a beautiful family that I want to raise in the lords image and likeness. I pray St. Rita that you touch both of our hearts and that God’s will be done take away the pain that we are both encountering and if it’s God’s will stay together letter to let our hearts find our way back to each other.

  7. pam says:

    St Rita please help me im a widow of 3yrs.my husband passed away at the age 44 after having a suurgery. He left me with 3 kids..very thankful they r good kids..we had a great marriage and now im ready to move on and see whats out there..Please St Rita pray for me that i find a awesome guy with not alot of baggage non smoker and loves god and likes to have fun and will accept my kids..I know thats alot to ask but thats what im looking for.Thanks for praying for me.

  8. lb says:

    St. Rita, I am praying that you help my husband find a job. He’s trying so hard, but an offer hasn’t happened. It has been 3 months, I am working every day or night that I can, I’m exhausted. I’m worried that we are going to get evicted. I’m not perfect, but I need your help desperately. I do not want to move my children again. I will always pay any goid fortune forward. I need to restore my faith, and I’m starting with you St.Rita……

  9. Mary says:

    St. Rita: Please accept my petitions that my addicted neighbors are guided by our Lord to a drug-free and crime-free life, away from their existing friends and that the rented house is torn down so that no others come to do evil.

  10. Vicki says:

    St Rita please help my son please help the guy he hit to be fine and for my son not to go to jail but to get help for his drinking amen

  11. Roxanne says:

    I need help to bring my family back together again. There is such hatred. I never thought this would happen to us. So many good memories but it seems they were such a long time ago. My father is very old and sick and the hatred between my sisters and brother is causing him such sadness. Please, Ste Rita, make their hearts happy again and rid them of the blackness.

  12. Regina says:

    St.Rita I ask that you please help me repair my marriage… Please let my husband & I work things out. We have 4 small children & they don’t deserve us being apart… Please rebuke any woman that he is talking to, please rebuke the bad influence his friends have on him, & please just bring him home.. I’m willing to forgive everything he has done… I ask this through Christ our lord

    -AMEN

  13. MW says:

    Holy St. Rita,
    Our life is blessed with so much already that I am ashamed to ask for your help. In the spirit of these blessed holidays,we ask you to intercede in helping us sell our home quickly and earn enough profit tto pay off the lenders. They are pressuring us hard for their money, and rightfully so…..
    So far, many have people have looked at the house..but no one seems interested to make us an offer.
    My dear Holy St. Rita, once again, you have always been so generous, please intercede on our behalf..see us through this financial crisis. The home is a wonderful home for a special family to live. Please guide the right buyers to look at the home, and buy it for enough money so we can make things right with the bank. I humbly ask this of you, hoping that you have faith in us and that we are deserving.it. We will pray for you, and honor you the rest of lives.

  14. Edgar says:

    Please help my marriage

  15. eeelv says:

    Please help me get justice in the Illinois courts and get my kids back with me in California . Please bring a Good woman for my exhusband and soften just heart to let my kids stay with me.

  16. linda says:

    Saint rita and Saint ann thank you for your help in my daily life

  17. rose says:

    St. Rita please intercede me for my son Joseph and Rj not to get involved in a case of their friend. That the presiding judge will not wanting their presence in the court forever. Please pray for us. Thank you so much.

  18. eufrosina says:

    Pls give us miracles St. Rita for the typhoon ruby in the Philippines that all the people and the living things be saved. Amen.

  19. Eufrosina says:

    St. Rita we ask for your miracle for our daily lives to protect us from any harm and dangers and no evil things will happen to me and my family.

  20. Eufrosina says:

    St. Rita please give miracles to the whole world to have peace, love, harmony and understanding.

  21. rowena says:

    Please give miracles to the needy people especially the sick people who cannot buy their medications, to the people who have nothing to eat. Thank you.

  22. Marl says:

    St. Rita, please touch the lives of the people who are addicted that their vices will be stop forever. We asked you for miracles.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you St. Rita and the Great Spirit for giving me a sign, a very clear sign to stop. And how quickly it came. It came within days. I

    Thank you

  24. Anonymous says:

    Dear St Rita,

    Thank you for my healthy pregnancy and healthy birth of my son. Thank you for his father who loves, honors, and supports me in every aspect of my life. IMy spirit is still in your love.

  25. sheran says:

    Dear St. Rita, Please help me bring friends to end loneliness, love to my marriage. Thank you.

  26. anonymous says:

    Thank God and Saint Rita for getting my son threw the horror of addition and keeping him safe, It is a journey and my prays are always with Saint Rita and God to protect my child

  27. Art says:

    Dear St. Rita,
    Please intercede for me and help me save my marriage. Please help guide my wife to follow the path of God and reject her sinful ways. Please help her find forgiveness for her adulterous actions and lies. I have forgiven all the harm she has caused me for so long. I beseech you to help us and to keep our beautiful family together. Help bring back the love to my marriage. Thank you.

  28. Andre says:

    St. Rita, thank you for blessing me with a beautiful and healthy son. He has brought complete joy to our lives and I never thought it was possible. Our family is now complete. I am now ready to go back to work so I would like to
    Pray and need your assistance to help me find a good job near home and good care for my kids while I’m at work. I pray for my husband and children to be healthy and safe always and for my siblings to unite and become closer, for my brother and sister to be healed of their illness and for my dad to become closer in faith and spirit with Jesus. I pray for my marriage and my siblings marriage, for all those who are sick and all those that needs
    Our prayers, for world peace, for all the sisters, priests and the pope. Pls intercede for the forgiveness of our sins and pray for us. Amen.

  29. Garrett says:

    I too need a helpful hand in this lonely life.
    Amen

  30. Deborah says:

    St. Rita please intercede on behalf of my daughter who is struggling with her faith and hopelessness of not finding a permanent job. Help her find her way back to her faith in God and end her daily suffering financially and emotionally. St. Rita pray for us. Amen

  31. R says:

    *for husband
    *for our marriage

  32. Paula says:

    Thank you Saint Rita for all the blessings you bestow on my family in answer to my prayers – even when I don’t know exactly how I should word the prayer – I know you will bring the answers we need. Thank you for the solution – you turn the impossible into I’m possible! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I love you and I take solace in the fact that you hear my prayers – Again thank you, thank you, thank you

  33. Jane says:

    St.Rita you have been faithful in granting all favours I lifted up to you. All those profound cries and prayers of mine were heard through your powerful intercession.

    I come to your aid and humbly ask your faithful and powerful intercession as I appear for a very important interview at the US Embassy to participate in a significant training. I humbly seek for your guidance during my interview and let the Holy Spirit speak for me as you and the Lord know my heart.

    I promise to spread devotion to you all days of my life. AMEN!

  34. Paula says:

    St. Rita Thank you, thank you, thank you for answered prayers

  35. Darlene says:

    St Rita I pray to you for your help – my husband has been unemployed for over a year. Please help us as we struggle to find faith that everything will work out for us and our family. Please lead us on a path to end this emotional and financial suffering. St Rita, whose name represents love & family, please guide us to a new beginning Amen

  36. Kimmie says:

    Please St Rita I ask that i receive money owed for the company i worked for and that my ex boyfriend pay me back and honor his debt like he said he would .I am asking that you give me this blessing so that i could my rent and bills and not end up in the street .I also need to give back to those in need oh St Rita please here my prayers . AMEN

  37. lulu says:

    Please dear St. Rita, help my friend through her trials this week. Please help her children as well, and if for the glory of God, may the proceedings be canceled and settled for the good of all concerned. Please soften hearts and make clear the way of peace. Amen.

  38. Fabrizzio says:

    St. Rita help me with your intersession to the lordi have strayed from the lords path and now trying come back I am only 15 and I have seen my life slowly diminish and fade all I ask is for u to ask the lord for help with my struggles I am failing all my classes I do substances and I need ur help to bring me back to the light thank you and all who pray I hope your voices are herd and if any one sees this pray for me too

  39. Kimmie says:

    Saint Rita , I ask that you grant me my prayer that i receive all money owed so that i can pay my bills and rent and also give some money to Repo village in Malawi Africa to help recover from the horrible flood as they lost so much and have so little.Thank you Saint Rita for the answers i received yesterday.I ask that my life continue to be positive and that also i find a new job so i can continue to give back and pay my bills .Thank you Amen

  40. Donnamarie says:

    St. Rita, I pray for your help and humbly ask for business to get better. A lot of people depend on me for their salaries to be paid. You have answered so many of my prayers and you are ever faithful in granting favors. Please guide me. Amen.

  41. Azuka says:

    St. Rita, I pray for good health for me and my family and for all things i applied for be granted. Amen

  42. andrea says:

    Dear St.Rita, I Pray and beg for your help with my marriage. Please guide my husband away from all the evil that he listening to help him see clearly that divorce is not the answers let his heart and mind be filled with love for me. As he loves me dearly and is being made to choose. St.Rita I beg you to save my marriage we love one another through eternity. Amen

  43. Anonymous says:

    Dear St, Rita,

    Thank you for being the Helping Saint you are. My requests for children and the divine selection are in my heart . These requests grow clearer within me day by day. I will take the actions in faith and know by the word of God and your intercession, my request for a harmonious and loving family will be fulfilled.

    Thank you for these blessings.

  44. Kimmie says:

    Dear St.Rita

    I ask for your divine intervention that my prayers be answered for me to receive the money asked for by my ex be answered and he send me the money this week as i requested so i can pay my rent and bills and buy my groceries but also that he be able to pay back the rest of what he owes so i can give back as promised to those in need.Also that i have a interview tomorrow with my old job and they accept me back so i could start part time and make extra money so my life can be less worrisome and i have some peace of mind.I also ask that my ex boyfriend still loves and cares for me and that he tells me he is sorry treated me badly and he will tell me he will give me the rest of what is owed in time.Thank you St.Rita for the blessing. Amen

  45. Kimmie says:

    Thank you St.Rita for the blessing that are about to come .

  46. AMUL MINZ says:

    PLEASE FORGIVE MY WIFE AND ASK jESUS TO SEND HER BACK TO ME AND LIVE IN A PIOOUS WAY. AND BLESS ME WITH A JOB OF MY CHOICE . AND LET MY ELDER SISTER GETS ALL THE ERREARS BACK FROM HER OFFICE.

  47. Kimmie says:

    Thank St Rita ,
    For a pray answered please keep the blessing coming very grateful for yesterday.

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