St Rita was an only child of elderly parents; she decided early to devote her life to God. But her parents made her marry. Her abusive husband was murdered and her two sons, as youths, spoke of avenging his death. She implored God not to allow them to commit this sin. They both died young, and St Rita miraculously entered the Augustinian Order and became one of its greatest Saints.
O holy Patroness of those in need, St Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favours 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 known thy favour, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee grant thatů (Here make your request).
Obtain for us our request by the singular merits of thy childhood, by thy perfect union with the Divine Will, by thy heroic sufferings during thy married life, 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 thy 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 Saviour, 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 succour us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know thou art the recompense of the humble, the defence of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
St Rita, Advocate of the Impossible, pray for us!
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