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, marketing, and social media for The Catholic Company.
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230 Responses to St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible

  1. Flavy says:

    St Rita, Please help me.

    I don’t want to loose my job after what has happened today. My job is the best that I can do for my family. I cannot afford losing this job. Please pray for me to God Almighty. Let my performance remain at its best when the audit happens on Monday so I can come clean out of it. Please pray for my memory issues. I feel its is one of the major reasons for issues not only at work but also daily life. I just keep forgetting things. My younger sister may get married this year & without this job it may not be possible.

    Saint Rita I am putting my hopes in you. I am in desperate need of your help.

    I also pray to you to intercede for everyone that is in need of you.

  2. Kris says:

    Saint Rita, I please ask you to help with my friends alcohol addiction and pray I hear from my friend about his Heath. And for my anxiety.

  3. Kimmie says:

    Dear St Rita ,this prayer goes out to a mother in Ottawa Canada who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy while fighter breast cancer and receiving chemo at the same time the baby was born healthy and happy that a true miracles from God .unfortunately the mother still has cancer and has spread throughout her body. She will be receiving more aggressive treatment tomorrow to try and cure her however diagnoses is not good as Dr’said it unendurable.Please help this lady as she is so positive that she will make it through this very ruff time,She need a miracle that she will be saved to continue being a wife and mother to all her three kids as she also has two others to take care of .Thank you St.Rita .

  4. Kimmie says:

    Dear St Rita , please let me receive my cheque that is owed from my wages not payed from my former job so i can pay my bills and give some money to help the poor people in Malawi Africa as they have no provisions due to all the rainstorms they lost everything and do not have a lot of re sores.Thank you ever so kindly. St Rita .

  5. darlene says:

    I know our Lord has the final decision on every matter of life and sometimes our request are to us impossible but we know that our Lord softens His heart to us through our loved saints. Praying to St.Rita to intercede in our behalf has proven to me that she listens and she understands. I’m sure when they talk about us (Jesus and St.Rita) some prayers are answered almost before we finish a novena or prayers. When others no answer. This is when I continue to pray and know that His will is being done. My request will be answered His way. I accept this because sometimes I receive an even greater blessing then expected.
    When praying for others in sickness I hope for a miracle but there His will is the best. St.Rita is wonderful. I always wish the saints a happy feast day to them on there day and for some reason I read her story and immediately fell in love. She will never forsake us.

  6. Kimmie says:

    I thank you so much St Rita for one of my prayers being answered regarding my ex boyfriend and wanting to know if he truly loved. I received my answer yesterday on a day of true love that he really does. I believe that you are caring saint who truly listens and does miracles. I believe that this man is my true soul mate as he is my first really love when i meeting him at a late age of 45 going on 46 my heart is not hurting as much . I want him and need him back in my life but i hope that things change for us as i truly am in love with him . Thank you again for prayer answered St Rita thank you for your understanding my love for this man and thank you God for also the blessing that i have in my life keep them coming as also i need my money and for it to go well with my new job so i can also give back and hope for others in need . Amen

  7. Alex says:

    St Rita, please help my dear friend to recover from depression, find Jesus, purpose and love in her life. You only know how much she needs it. Please hear us. Thank you St Rita

  8. paddy says:

    Dear st rita please help me and pray to recover an investment i made that has gone badly wrong the funds have been misappaporiated by the broker,l promise i will make a very generous to st rita sociaty when outcome solved.

  9. Julie says:

    Please pray for Gerard to be delivered from the bondage of smoking, alcohol, witchcraft.

    Pray for his freedom from the strange alluring woman maria.

    Pray that he will go back to his wife to be (GG)

    Pray that his fragmented mind will return back to himself and to you Lord. Amen

  10. Julie says:

    Please pray that my daughter will honor and have respect to me, and not abandon me. Amen

  11. Traci says:

    Please pray that I may have a baby boy!

  12. Cassi says:

    Please Dear Saint Rita
    Help me to pray for my advanced standing application that I may at least be exempted 2years
    Thank you I believe by faith that this prayer has been answered.
    Thank you

  13. rita says:

    Pls st Rita I ask for your intercession on my life. I need a baby and grant my husband visa

  14. Kimmie says:

    Thank you so much St Rita for my prayers being answered and the prayer still to be answered to come.I am truly blessed and keep the blessings coming.I Ask especially today that i receive the money owed regarding my lost pay and the cheque is in the mail .I also ask that my ex boyfriend continue paying me what he owes me with no resistance.Thank you St Rita for answering my pray regarding his love for me . Thank you St.Rita for the blessing of getting my former job back so i can make ends meet and also give back when i am able to.I can not thank you enough for all your interventions and my prayers being answered . I am truly grateful for all eternity to you.Thank you thank you , thank you St Rita.AMEN

  15. Kimmie says:

    Thank you so much St Rita for prayers being answered each and every day.I am truly grateful and blessed you are a true Saint and also you have grate compassion and understanding please keep the blessing coming and my prayers being answered .Thank you again.Amen

  16. Stephen says:

    Please St. Rita, help me save my marriage. Inspire my wife to open her heart to me and forgive me.

  17. Ana says:

    St. Rita, I ask that you please help my husband turn his life around. Help him with his alcohol addiction, give him the strength to overcome this disease. Help us to save our marriage and heal our family that we may
    grow closer to Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Amen

  18. Kimmie says:

    Please St Rita , I need sales today so i can keep my job and pay my bills until i can find something more suitable please i ask that i make 5 to 6 a day so i can prove to them i am a asset . thank u St.Rita .AMEN

  19. Thulsidass says:

    Please intercede for our special need of house purchase decesion making and financial payments for Karnataka Housing Board.
    I promise to use this house, when granted, to better our lives to proclaim God’s Mercy along with other saints to make you known and loved. To Glory to God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Amen

  20. Kimmie says:

    Please St Rita , I need sales today so i can keep my job to pay my bills . Thank you Saint Rita for prayers being answered .

  21. HolyMary says:

    St. Rita, I fear I am allergic to the metal in the implant I had recently. I hope this is not the case. Please help me find a solution to this problem, hopefully by helping my symptoms go away, or if not that, please help my doctors to remove safely. Thank you St. Rita. You never let me down.

  22. linda says:

    ST. RITA, please help my son nicholas,he has so much anger in his heart. Also depression.He is very insecure about himself. He needs to come back to the Lord.Please help him to forgive himself and others and find peace.He was abused by his babysitter as a child and it has controlled his life.Please help him heal. We love you and trust in the Lord. THankyou

  23. Kimmie says:

    Thank you St.Rita so much for my prayers being answered you are a true Saint and i am so grateful to you that i did my sales yesterday and with your intervention i know i will continue to do well.As a promise i will give the offering to my charity and continue to to so . Thank you , thank you , thank you St.Rita . AMEN

  24. Kimmie says:

    Thank you St.Rita for prayers being answered

  25. Kimmie says:

    Thank you St.Rita for prayers being answered . AnD being very productive with my sales this week.So i can pay it forward.I will send the money for this week as i promised and i will continue to do so.Also as promised some of my bonuses from the sales i.I also ask and please pray that my Ex boyfriend do as i ask and that he tells me he is sorry for using me lying to me and that he truly loves me . thank you again St.Rita .AMEN

  26. Susan says:

    St.Rita please intercede for my fathers conversion. That in his examination of his conscience he will see how he has hurt his family. At that we may all have healing! In Jesus name we pray!

  27. MT says:

    St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible,

    I thank God for waking us up, because He loves us so much. PLEASE pray for my loved ones as we are in an “impossible” situation for a miracle. I promise to change my life around and to inspire others about God. Please pray that my loved ones will stay on the right path to God.

    Also, please give me the strength to understand the studies of the new journey for my job and I promise to give back to the needy, poor and the church.

    Thank you, St. Rita!

  28. Michele says:

    Thank you St. Rita for prayers being answered I ask for your continued blessing keeping Hanson a part of our family and that you will open his heart and change the path he has chosen. You are a true Saint and you know the struggles of broken relationships please heal this one. Amen

  29. Kimmie says:

    Thank you St .Rita for the blessing yesterday , I will as promised give the 25$ dollars to charity and also my some of my bonus from my sales.Please continue to bless me to keep this job.I am telling people to pray and have spread the work about you to some co-workers that you are there and listening to our prayers and in our need.I also ask that you help mend my broken heart and i find a true saul mate as my former boyfriend hurt me so very much please also intercede that he also forgives me for the hurt i caused him and make him a better man and also he give back the money he owes me in bigger amounts so i can pay some of it forward. Thank you St.Rita for your prayers .AMEN

  30. elita says:

    Saint Rita please help Fakhry see my love for him i lost my best friend and i need his love back hes the best person god sent me and i failed him and God

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