Oil Dedicated to St Rita of Cascia (Patron for Wounds)
St Rita of Cascia Oil, born Margherita Lotti (1381 – 22 May 1457), an Italian widow and Augustinian nun venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
After Rita’s husband died, she joined an Augustinian community of religious sisters, where she known both for practicing mortification of the flesh and for the efficacy of her prayers. Various miracles attributed to her intercession, and she often portrayed with a bleeding wound on her forehead, which understood to indicate a partial stigmata.
Pope Leo XIII canonized Rita on 24 May 1900. Her feast day celebrated on 22 May. At her canonization ceremony, she bestowed the title of Patroness of Impossible Causes. While in many Catholic countries, Rita came to be known as the patroness of abused wives and heartbroken women. Her incorrupt body remains in the Basilica of Santa Rita da Cascia.
Margherita Lotti born in 1381 in the city of Roccaporena, a small suburb of Cascia (near Spoleto, Umbria, Italy). Where various sites connected with her the focus of pilgrimages. Her name, Margherita, means “pearl”. She affectionately called Rita, the short form of her baptismal name. Her parents, Antonio and Amata Ferri Lotti, known to be noble, charitable persons, who gained the epithet Conciliatori di Cristo (English: Peacemakers of Christ).
According to pious accounts, Rita originally pursued by a notary named Gubbio but she resisted his offer. Married at age twelve to a nobleman named Paolo Mancini. Her parents arranged her marriage, a common practice at the time. Despite her repeated requests to be allowed to enter a convent of religious sisters. Her husband, Paolo Mancini, known to be a rich, quick-tempered, immoral man. Who had many enemies in the region of Cascia.
The marriage lasted for eighteen years, during which she remembered for her Christian values as a model wife and mother who made efforts to convert her husband from his abusive behavior.