Monday, October 05, 2015

Patron Saint of Difficult Marriages

Do you have a difficult marriage or family life? Perhaps you should consider saying a prayer to St. Rita of Cascia who died in 1457 at the age of 75 or 76. At first, she did not want to marry, but her parents arranged it anyway. Her husband was very abusive to her. However, she remained patient and trusted in the Lord. Eventually after much prayer, her husband changed his ways and was no longer abusive toward her. He begged for her forgiveness, which she gave. However, sadly her husband was killed by political rivals. She had now become a widow. Another great tragedy struck when Rita’s two sons, who after declaring they would seek revenge for their father’s death, fell ill from dysentery and ultimately both died.

Rita was now a childless widow at the age of 36. To make matters worse, she was an only child and had no siblings to rely on.

Rita decided to join a convent and spend her life in prayer.

St. Rita is the Patron Saint of Abused Wives and Grieving Mothers (in many countries at least).

If you are stuck in a difficult marriage, ask St. Rita for her prayers. She will listen. Also, if you would like to share your story below, please feel free to do so.

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