Oil Dedicated to St Rita of Cascia (Patron invoked against Wounds)
Oil Dedicated to St Rita of Cascia (Patron invoked against Wounds) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Rita of Cascia, the Patron Saint invoked against wounds, was a remarkable 15th-century Italian saint known for her unwavering faith, compassion, and miraculous abilities. Born Margherita Lotti in Roccaporena, Italy, in 1381, she lived during a tumultuous period of Italian history marked by political strife and social unrest.
From an early age, Rita exhibited a deep devotion to God and a desire to lead a life of holiness. She entered the Augustinian convent at Cascia against her family’s wishes, where she embraced a life of prayer, penance, and self-sacrifice. Despite facing challenges and opposition throughout her life, including the violent feuds of her time, Rita remained steadfast in her faith and dedication to Christ.
One of the most famous stories associated with St. Rita is her miraculous encounter with a rose. As she tended to a barren garden, she asked God for a sign that her family’s longstanding feud might end. In response, a single rose bloomed in the garden during the winter, which she presented to her family’s rivals, leading to a reconciliation.
St. Rita also renowned for her stigmata, wounds on her forehead believed to represent her profound connection with the sufferings of Christ. These stigmata remained hidden throughout her life, only becoming visible after her death.
St. Rita’s unwavering faith, enduring patience, and her ability to find hope. In even the direst circumstances continue to inspire people around the world. She canonized as a saint by Pope Leo XIII in 1900. And venerated not only as the Patron Saint against wounds. But also as a beacon of hope and compassion for all those in need. Her life story serves as a testament to the transformative power of faith. And love in the face of adversity. Making her a beloved figure in the Catholic Church and beyond.